Spring 2017

- This course is a second course in Abstract Algebra and is offered at the Masters level. There is a prerequisite of at least one semester of undergraduate abstract algebra, i.e., either groups, quotient groups, and group homomorphisms, or rings, quotient rings, and ring homomorphisms, or Math 645-646. The prerequisites will not be waived. As a master's level course, it will go quickly, with 2-4 sections a week and substantial homework. However, the difficulty of the homework will not be at the Ph.D. level for which the book could be used.

Office: 219 B Blocker

Office Hours: by appointment made at http://www.math.tamu.edu/undergraduate/advising/ and click on me.

Email: geller@math.tamu.edu

Fax: 979-862-4190 and be sure to put my name on it.

Welcome to the home page for ** Math 662 Seminar in Algebra - Abstract Algebra ** for the Spring of 2016. These pages will continue to be
under construction, so please check them regularly for any changes,
especially in due dates and assignments.

This course will consist of reading assignments, problem assignments,
and tests. You may find yourself challenged in
new ways by the assignments because some of the problems are difficult.
If using other sources, please give references. ** Note: ** The answers to all the homework can be found on the web. You may not look them up, paraphrase them, and give reference. That is cheating and plagiarism. Also, if you started this course before and dropped it, you may not use the solutions I sent out to you as that is plagiarism also, not to mention you won't learn enough to pass the tests if you copy the homework answers.

Dummit and Foote, * Abstract Algebra*, third edition, Wiley and Sons, 2003.

- The assignments will be posted on Homework . Notice that the list of readings are for a given week (week of x where x is a Monday) with the homework on those sections due the Tuesday of the following week (x+8).
- Homework is due by noon CT on the listed due date.
- You may send your homework to me via email or fax (979-862-4190). If you send by email, please make the subject line Math 662 homework i, where i is the number of the homework set (1-13), and send the answers in the body or as a .pdf file which came from a word processed document or handwritten. Word documents will not be accepted as they cannot be accurately read on our local Unix machines. Emailed .pdf files are preferred since faxes are often hard to read. If you fax it to me, be sure to mark clearly on the first page that the fax is for Dr. Sue Geller so that it gets to me and be sure to use very black ink (and clear handwriting) as fax transmission is rarely of high quality and tends to blur what is sent.
- When working on the homework, you may ask on Piazza, talk with classmates, or look things up on the web or in a book, but you may not copy answers - that is plagiarism. NOTE: If you did not have a first course in abstract algebra, you may need to work more of the problems than I assigned in order to learn the material, especially questions in the beginning of the list for each section. Please do what you need to do to learn. I'm happy to answer questions on problems I did not assign.

- There will be two tests, currently scheduled for 24-25 February and 24-25 March. I will send out the exam around 5 pm CT on the Friday and expect your answers back to me via email by 5pm CT on the next day unless other arrangements are made ahead of time. Such arrangements may be due to your work schedule, time zone problems, your travel, etc.
- The final will be 5-6 May, done like the tests - sent at 5 CT on Friday and due back by 5 CT on the next day.
- The tests and final will be done according to the Aggie Honor Code. You may use your textbook and the one reading plus your homework, my lectures, your notes, if any, and my homework solutions, but you may not use any other materials nor communicate with anyone but me about the problems. In particular, you may not use the web in any way, shape, or form. You may ask me via email (not Piazza as that is web), but I may not be able to be helpful without giving the answer away. On the other hand, I may have made a mistake, in which case I'll email everyone a correction.
- Each tests counts 100 points.
- The final will be 100 points.
- The homework is worth 100 points calculated as a percentage of the points earned through the semester over the total possible points.
- Total possible points for the course is 400.

Your final grade will be determined by your performance on the homework, tests and final. The grading scheme is:

I realize that almost all of you are working and/or have families, so you
have different constraints than students on campus. It is very helpful to me
as well as useful for you to do each assignment on time. For example,
I know from experience, as do many
of you, that it is much harder to grade fairly when papers are graded
at various times. Therefore,
** late work will not be accepted without prior arrangements,** but
reasonable excuses will be accepted as long as the privilege is not abused.
When arranging
for late work, be prepared to tell me when you will get the work to me.

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Dr. Geller's Homepage Last update: 30 November 2016