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Frequently asked questions

Who? : Nivedita Bhaskhar
Come again? : Call me N
What? : MATH 110A, Algebra
When? : Lectures on MWF 10:00-10:50 A.M and discussion sessions on R 10:00-10:50 A.M
Where? : MS 6229
Any prerequisites? : You need to have taken MATH 115A
Which book do we follow? : Hungerford, Abstract Algebra - An Introduction, 3rd Ed., Brooks Col. (Chapters 1-6)
Do you check email at odd hours? : Yes. My id is nbhaskh AT math DOT ucla DOT edu (But please send short emails and not essays)
I don't. Can I drop by your office instead? : Yes. But I may not be around all the time
You'll be there sometime, right? : First preference : W 11-11:50 A.M Second preference M 3-4 P.M Third preference F 2-3 P.M
Where is your office? : MS 6310
Do we have a TA? : Yup. Benjamin West will head the discussion sessions on Thursdays. His office hours will be updated soon
So really, what's the point of learning about integers and all that? : Calvin's dad has an answer to that

What are we learning?

You can check out the syllabus. The less than 140 character synopsis is :

Rings, morphisms, integral domains, polynomial domains, unique factorization, ideals to find out exactly how 'abstract' Algebra can get.

A, B, C, D, E or F

You have to get through about 8 or 9 homework assignments (weekly!), 3 quizzes, 2 midterms and a final examination. Grading will be based on the higher of the following two schemes:

Scheme I Scheme II
Homework 10 % 10 %
Quizzes 10 % 10 %
Midterm-I & II 20 % each 30 % (best of two)
Final 40 % 50 %

More about homework and quizzes

A homework set will be given to you each Friday at the beginning of class which will be due exactly one week later (i.e. by the next Friday, 10:00 AM). You can work together, but write the solutions in your own words, i.e. do NOT turn in word-for-word identical solutions. A sample of the problems will be graded and returned to you. Late submissions will not be accepted and you will get a score of zero for such work. However the lowest two homework scores will be dropped while calculating your grade.

There will be 3 thirty-minute quizzes (two of which will be held in the discussion sessions on Thursdays and one during class hours). If you miss a quiz, you get a score of zero for it. However the lowest quiz score will be dropped while calculating your grade.

Submitting homework

Grading disputes

If you feel that a mistake was made in grading your homework, quizzes or exams or that your scores have been incorrectly inputted into MyUCLA, bring it to my attention (do not ask your TA!) within 14 days from the date of the exam/quiz or due date of the homework. Any complaints received later will not be considered. Be aware that a re-grade means that your test will be graded from scratch, and it is entirely possible that you will receive a lower score than originally given, if I decide that the original grade was too high.

Exam dates

Quiz I Oct 6 10:20-10:50 A.M
Midterm I Oct 17 10:00-10:50 A.M
Quiz II Nov 3 10:20-10:50 A.M
Midterm II Nov 14 10:00-10:50 A.M
Quiz III Nov 30 10:20-10:50 A.M
Final Dec 5 8:00-11:00 A.M

Tell me now, so I know : The Plan

If you don't like surprises, you can check out the tentative schedule before coming to class.

The Unchangeables

Compulsory Conduct-Codes

Notes, Tests, Solutions, and the oxford comma

Parting words of wisdom, if any ?

Don't Panic