Math 110A: Algebra

General Information

Time and Place: MWF 10:00 am-10:50 am,  MS 5127

Instructor: Matthias Aschenbrenner

E-mail address:

MS 5614
Office Phone: (310) 206-8576
Office Hours: M 11:00am-11:50am, W 2:00pm-2:50pm, or by appointment. (I will not hold 'virtual' office hours.)

Discussion Section: Th 10:00am-10:50am, MS 5127
Teaching Assistant: Melissa Lynn

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The ring of integers; integral domains, fields, polynomial domains, unique factorization.


Math 115A.

Course Text

T. Hungerford, Abstract Algebra, 2nd ed., Brooks/Cole Publishing Co.


There will be 9 problem sets over the course of the quarter. Problems range in difficulty from routine to more challenging. Completed solutions are to be handed in at the beginning of class on Friday (starting Week 2), and a sample of the problems will be graded and returned to you in the following week.

Put the following information in the upper right hand corner of the first page:

   Your Name
   Math 110A, Homework # number.

On each additional page, put your name in the upper right-hand corner. Work single-sided, that is, write on only one side of each sheet of paper. STAPLE any homework that is more than one page long. Remove all perforation before submitting. Write legibly. Label the chapter + section number as well as the problem number (e.g., 1.1 #12). Homework that fails to meet the above requirements will be marked "Unacceptable'' and returned unread.

Homework 1, due Friday, October 5.
Homework 2, due Friday, October 12.
Homework 3, due Friday, October 19.
Homework 4, due Friday, October 26.
Homework 5, due Friday, November 2.
Homework 6, due Friday, November 9.
Homework 7, due Friday, November 16.
Homework 8, due Friday, November 30.
Homework 9, due Friday, December 7.


During the last 10 minutes of the TA session (starting in Week 2), the TA will give a quiz based on the homework assigned that week, which will be graded and returned to you in the following week.

No make up quizzes will be given under any circumstances.

Your lowest quiz score will be dropped when computing your grade.


There will be two hour examinations, on Friday, October 19 and Friday, November 16, in class.

There will be a final exam on Tuesday, December 11, 2012, 3:00pm–6:00pm, in MS 5127.

No make up exams will be given under any circumstances.

No books, calculators, scratch paper or notes will be allowed during exams.

Grading policy: Homework: 15%. Quizzes: 5%. Hour Exams: 20% each. Final Exam: 40%.

All scores and final grades will be available on the MyUCLA gradebook.


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