Introduction to Abstract Algebra

Course Description

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


The final exam is due on Friday, Dec 14 at 4PM.  It is a timed test - so don't look until you are ready to start your 4 hours.  Here is the exam.

Course Meeting Time and Location
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
9:00 - 9:55 am
310 Linde

Course Instructor Contact Information and Office Hours
279 Linde Hall
Office Hours: Wednesday 2-3 or by appointment

TA Contact Information and Office Hours

Victor Zhang
259 Linde Hall
Office Hours: Wednesdays 4-5

Felix Weilacher
255 Linde Hall
3-4 Wednesdays

Suna Kim (Hana)
289 Linde Hall
4-5 Tuesdays

Course Policies

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


Dummit and Foote, Abstract Algebra, 3rd ed.


Homework is due Thu at 4 pm in the Ma5 mailbox.

Late work - One free late homework will be accepted for this class, and up to one week late. Please notify Victor in advance if you want to submit a HW late. Other late homework must be excused by a dean.

Assignment Due Date 
 HW 1 Oct 11
 HW 2 Oct 18
 HW 3 Oct 25
 HW 4 Nov 1
 See top of page for midterm exam. Nov 8
 HW 5 Nov 15
 HW 6 Nov 29
 HW 7 Dec 6
 See top of page for final exam. Dec 14

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.

Victor Zhang,
Dec 6, 2018, 7:16 PM
Tom Graber,
Dec 7, 2018, 4:39 PM
Tom Graber,
Oct 3, 2018, 3:31 PM
Tom Graber,
Oct 12, 2018, 4:49 PM
Tom Graber,
Oct 20, 2018, 3:42 PM
Tom Graber,
Oct 26, 2018, 4:00 PM
Tom Graber,
Nov 9, 2018, 3:58 PM
Tom Graber,
Nov 19, 2018, 7:17 PM
Tom Graber,
Nov 30, 2018, 10:05 PM
Tom Graber,
Nov 2, 2018, 4:00 PM
Victor Zhang,
Dec 5, 2018, 10:36 PM
Victor Zhang,
Nov 8, 2018, 6:23 PM
Victor Zhang,
Nov 2, 2018, 7:23 PM