Introduction to Abstract Algebra

Course Description and Grading Breakdown
The second term of Math 5 will be devoted to the study of rings and modules; this includes some linear algebra. The material corresponds roughly to Chapters 7 through 12 in the text for the course, Abstract Algebra by Dummit and Foote. High points include the proof of unique factorization in principal ideal domains and the description of finitely generated modules over principal ideal domains.

Grading: Roughly 40% Homework, 30% Midterm, and 30% Final.

Course Meeting Time and Location
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
9:00 - 9:55 am
102 Steele Laboratory of Electrical Engineering (STL)

Course Instructor Contact Information and Office Hours
111 Math Building (Building 15) 
Office Hours: Monday at 3-4 pm

TA Contact Information and Office Hours
2-E Math Building (Building 15)
Office Hours: Tuesday at 3:25-4:25 pm (Math 118)
Office Hours: Wednesday at 7-8 pm (Downs B111)

Course Schedule and Textbook
Dummit and Foote, Abstract Algebra, 3rd ed., Wiley 

(updated weekly on Fridays)

Course Policies

HW sets are due Thursdays at noon, in the Ma5 mailbox outside 111 Downs. Please note that this box will only be emptied once a week (Thuesdays at noon).
Solutions will be posted by the following Monday.

No late HW sets will be accepted, except in unusual circumstances and ONLY IF prior arrangements have been made with the Instructor and TA.

 Date PostedAssignment Due Date  Solutions
 1/5 HW1 1/11 
 1/12 HW2 1/18 
 1/19 HW3 1/25  
 1/26 HW4 2/1 
 2/9 HW5 2/15 
 2/16 HW6 2/22 
 2/23  HW7 3/1 
 3/2 HW8 3/8 

Midterm and Final Exam
Midterm will be made available on 2/2 due back on 2/8.
Final will be made available on 3/9 due back on 3/15.

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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