**MATH 210A Algebra**
**Instructor:** Christian Haesemeyer
**Office: MS 6304**
**phone:** 310-825-3364
**Office hours:**M 10 W 11.

**Time and Location:**
Lectures: MWF 9am, MS 5118
Discussion: Th 9am, MS 5118

**Syllabus and assignments:**

This class is the first part of the three-quarter graduate algebra sequence, whose official course description can be found here. Part A will cover the basic theory of categories and functors, the theory of groups (in particular finite groups), and the basic theory of rings and modules (roughly, the material of chapters I through III in Lang's book).

Homework 1, due Wednesday October 15.
Homework 2, due Wednesday October 22.
Homework 3, due Friday October 31.
Homework 4, due Monday November 10.
Homework 5, due Wednesday November 19.
Homework 6, due Friday December 12.

**Literature:**
We are roughly going to follow: Serge Lang, *Algebra* (revised 3rd Edition), Springer 2002. However the book is not required, attending lectures and taking notes should be sufficient.

**Grading:** There will be 6 homework assignments, a midterm exam on **Wednesday, November 5th** and the final exam on **Tuesday, December 16 at 3pm. The grading scheme is: The better of homework 30%, midterm 20% and final 50%; or, final 100%.**.