Math 6300 - Abstract Algebra I

Control number 15485
Spring Semester 2014
Department of Mathematics
Western Michigan University

Updated January 10, 2014 (office hours)

Time and location:  Class meets 9:30 - 10:45 a.m., TR, in 3309 Rood Hall.  Final exam is Wednesday, Apr. 23, 8--10 a.m.

Instructor:  Jay A. Wood, 6617 Everett Tower, (269) 387-4812, email: jay(dot)wood(at)wmich(dot)edu .

Office hours:  MTR 11 a.m. - noon, or by appointment.

Course description (from the graduate catalog):   "A general study of groups, rings, and modules. A specific study of finite groups, polynomial rings, and Euclidean domains."  We will cover chapters 1--9.

Prerequisites & Corequisites: Prerequisite: MATH 5300.

Credits: 3 hours

Textbook:  David S. Dummit and Richard M. Foote, Abstract Algebra, third edition, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2004. 

Homework:  Here is the list of homework assignments for the semester.  Due dates will be announced in class (usually two class days after being covered in class).  Homework will be graded, but I reserve the right to grade only a portion of the problems assigned.

Grades:  Course grades will be determined by an accumulation of points from homework (scaled to a 200-point basis), two in-class exams (up to 100 pts each), and a final exam (up to 200 pts).  That is a total of 600 possible points.  I will be at least as generous as follows:  A-at least 540; BA-at least 510; B-at least 480; CB- at least 450; C-at least 420; DC-at least 390; D-at least 360. 

Exam dates:  Midterm exams are Thursdays, Feb. 6 and March 20, in class.  Final exam is Wednesday, April 23, 8--10:15 a.m.

Collaboration:  You may work together on homework assigments, but not exams.  If you do work together, or if you receive assistance from someone else, please say so on your paper (e.g., "I worked with John Thompson on problems 5 and 7, and with Emmy Noether on problems 10 and 15.").  Each person is responsible for writing up his/her own version of the solution.

Accommodation for Disabilities:  Any student with a documented disability (e.g., physical, learning, psychiatric, vision, hearing, etc.) who needs to arrange reasonable accommodations must contact Disability Services for Students at 387-2116 at the beginning of the semester. A disability determination must be made by that office before any accommodations are provided by the instructor.

Student Conduct and Academic Honesty (wording courtesy of the WMU Faculty Senate's Professional Concerns Committeee):
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