Introduction to Abstract Algebra

Course Description and Grading Breakdown

This course will give an introduction to the theory of groups following Ch 1-6 in Dummit and Foote.

Course Meeting Time and Location
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
9:00 - 9:55 am
102 Steele

Course Instructor Contact Information and Office Hours
123 Math Building (Building 15)
Office Hours: Mon 3-4

TA Contact Information and Office Hours 
Office Hours - Wednesday 3 - 4 pm 118 Math Building

Office Hours - Wednesday 4 - 5 pm 103 Downs

Office Hours - Tuesday 7 - 8 pm 107 Downs


Dummit and Foote, Abstract Algebra, 3rd ed., Wiley 

Course Policies

Grades are based on homework (50%), the midterm (25%) and the final (25%).


Homework is due Thu at noon in the Ma5 mailbox outside 111 Downs. Please note that this box will only be emptied once a week (Thu at noon).

Late work - One free late homework will be accepted once per term, and up to one week late. You should notify Victor in advance that you want to submit your HW late. Other late homework must be excused by a dean.

Homework sets are available below with the due date in the file name.

Solutions: Starting with Homework 4, solutions will be posted. They will be posted one week after the due date to ensure they come after the late homework from free extensions (see above). If under some exceptional circumstance you are allowed to hand in the homework after the solutions are posted, you are politely asked under the honor code to refrain from viewing them.

Midterm and Final Exam

The midterm will be available Thu, Oct 26 and is due Thu, Nov 2. The final will be available Fri, Dec 1 and is due Wed, Dec 6.

The final exam is now available below.

Collaboration Table
You may consult:  
Course textbook (including answers in the back)YESYES
Other booksYESNO
Solution manualsNONO
Your notes (taken in class)YESYES
Class notes of othersYESNO
Your hand copies of class notes of othersYESYES
Photocopies of class notes of othersYESNO
Electronic copies of class notes of othersYESNO
Course handoutsYESYES
Your returned homework / examsYESYES
Solutions to homework / exams (posted on webpage)YESYES
Homework / exams of previous yearsNONO
Solutions to homework / exams of previous yearsNONO
Emails from TAsYESNO
You may:

Discuss problems with othersYESNO
Look at communal materials while writing up solutionsYESNO
Look at individual written work of othersNONO
Post about problems onlineNONO
For computational aids, you may use:


* You may use a computer or calculator while doing the homework, but may not refer to this as justification for your work.  For example, "by Mathematica" is not an acceptable justification for deriving one equation from another.  Also, since computers and calculators will not be allowed on the exams, it's best not to get too dependent on them.

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