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:
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.
Textbook: David S.
Dummit and Richard M. Foote, Abstract
Algebra, third edition, John Wiley & Sons, Inc.,
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
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
"You are responsible for making
yourself aware of and understanding the policies and procedures in
the Undergraduate and Graduate Catalogs that pertain to Academic
Honesty. These policies include cheating, fabrication,
falsification and forgery, multiple submission, plagiarism,
complicity and computer misuse. [The policies can be found at http://catalog.wmich.edu
under Academic Policies, Student Rights and Responsibilities.] If
there is reason to believe you have been involved in academic
dishonesty, you will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct.
You will be given the opportunity to review the charge(s). If you
believe you are not responsible, you will have the opportunity for
a hearing. You should consult with your instructor if you are
uncertain about an issue of academic honesty prior to the
submission of an assignment or test."
Please visit http://osc.wmich.edu and www.wmich.edu/registrar to access the Code of Honor and general
academic policies on such issues as diversity, religious
observance, student disabilities, etc.