Professor: |
Alexander Merkurjev | ||

Office: |
MS 7917 | ||

Office Hours: |
M 3-4, W 1-2, F 2-3 or by appointment | ||

TA: |
Wertheim, Alexander: Discussion Section R 10 in MS 5117 | ||

Book: |
Dummit and Foote: Abstract Algebra, 3nd Ed. | ||

Material: |
This is an introductory course in theoretical abstract algebra. | ||

Exams: |
Two Midterms and one Final: Midterm 1: Friday, October 21 Midterm 2: Friday, November 18 Final: Monday, December 5, 2016, 8:00am-11:00am No makeup exams |
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Homework: |
Assigned Mondays and due the next week on Thursday in Discussion
Section Homework is returned in Discussion Section. To learn the material you must do homework. |
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Lecture: |
This is the first quarter of a year long honors course in abstract algebra. The material is given in a different order than the regular sequence. This first course studies (abstract) groups. This is certainly one of the most important mathematical concepts and has dominated much of mathematics since introduced by Galois. It is also a concept that you probably have not knowingly encountered. Students intending to go to Graduate School in mathematics should take this sequence instead of the regular one. This course is very abstract and difficult but quite rewarding. This is not a computational course. You will learn how to state, understand, and prove mathematical concepts. The transition to doing this is not immediate and will take hard work and patience. If you had a good abstract linear algebra course, the transition will be easier, but it is not essential that you have had such a course. | ||

Quiz Section: |
The TA will go over material done in lecture, homework, and additional related material. | ||

Grading: |
final (40%) + two midterms (20% + 20%) + homework (20%) |