MATH 110B Algebra (Honors), Lecture 1
Instructor: Christian Haesemeyer
Office: MS 6304
phone: 310-825-3364
Office hours:M:10 W:2 F:10

Teaching Assistant:Justin Shih

Time and Location:
  • MWF 9am, MS 5118 (Lectures)and R 9am, MS 5118 (Discussion section).


  • Syllabus and assignments:
  • Week 1: Rings, homomorphisms, ideals. (Dummit & Foote 7.1, 7.3, 7.4 and Elman 19, 20.)
  • Homework 1, due Friday January 20: Elman Lectures, Exercises 19.18.: 3,8,9,10,11,12. Exercises 20.19.: 4,5.
  • Week 2: Zorn's lemma, localization. (Dummit & Foote, Appendix 1, 7.5. and Elman 21,22.)
  • Homework 2, due Friday January 27: Elman Lectures, Exercises 21.17: 4,5,6,7. Exercises 22.3: 2,3.
  • Weeks 3 and 4: Domains. (Dummit & Foote, Chapter 8 and Elman 23,25.)
  • Homework 3, due Friday February 3: Elman Lectures, Exercises 23.21: 1,2,5,6.
  • Weeks 5 and 6: Polynomial rings and group rings. (Dummit & Foote 7.2., Chapter 9 and Elman 27-29.)
  • Homework 4, due Friday February 10: Elman Lectures, Exercises 27.18: 1,4,5,7,9,10.
  • Homework 5, due Friday February 17: Elman Lectures, Exercises 28.12.: 6,7. Exercises 30.17.: 2,3,6,7.
  • Week 7: Modules. (Dummit & Foote 10.1., 10.2. and Elman 30.)
  • Homework 6, due Friday February 24: Elman Lectures, Exercises 30.17.: 1. Exercises 31.12.: 2,3,4,5.
  • Homework 7, due Friday March 2: Elman Lectures, Exercises 31.12.: 6,8,9. Exercises 32.8.: 2,3.
  • Week 8: Free modules. Noetherian rings and modules. (Dummit & Foote 10.3, 15.1 and Elman 31-33.
  • Homework 8, due Friday March 9: Elman Lectures, Exercises 33.13.: 1,2. Exercises 36.23.: 1,2,4,6.
  • Weeks 9 and 10: Modules over PID's. (Dummit & Foote, Chapter 12 and Elman 35-37.)


  • Midterm Exam: Friday, February 3rd in class.
  • Final Exam: Wednesday, March 21st, 11:30-2:30. The take home part is here.
  • Finals week office hours: Monday, 10-12.


  • Literature:
  • We are going to use: Dummit and Foote, Abstract Algebra (3rd ed.), Wiley 2003; and Prof. R. Elman's Lectures in Abstract Agebra available for download here.

  • Grading Policy:
    There will be 8 homework assignments, to be handed in in class on Fridays. Late homework will not be accepted; the lowest score will be dropped. There will also be one midterm exam, and a final exam. The total score for the course will be based on the better of the following two: homework will account for 40%, the midterm for 20% and the final will contribute the remaining 40%. Or, homework 20%, and the final 80%. This class will use the myUCLA gradebook facility.

    Requests for a regrading will only be considered within 14 calendar days of the due date of the original assignment, and no later than the day before the final. All such requests must be directed to the instructor; the TA is not allowed to make changes to grades.