### Course announcements go here.

 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

• Write legibly and only on one side of the paper. If you use a pencil, make sure the writing is clear and not very light.
• Staple your homework if it is more than one sheet.
• Write your name, homework number and clearly indicate problem numbers to which you are providing solutions.
• Submit the homework at the start of class (or before!). Late submissions will not be accepted.
• Any submissions which fail these requirements will be returned ungraded. There, you're warned.

### 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

• There will be NO make up quizzes, but the lowest quiz score will be dropped for grade calculations.
• Homework due dates will NOT be altered. Again, the lowest 2 homework scores will be dropped for grade calculations.
• NO juggling of exam dates.
• Grading disputes and complaints about incorrect MyUCLA scores will NOT be considered after 14 days of the exam/quiz/due date of homework in question.
• Absenting yourself for an exam or a quiz gets you a zero score for it.
• Attendance is mandatory for the final exam. If you are absent, you will fail the course.

### Compulsory Conduct-Codes

• Conduct yourself accord to the Conduct Code.
• No cheating. 'Nuff said.
• Phones off, calculators gone and textbooks out of sight during quizzes and exams.
• Ringing phones in lectures is NOT a good thing. On your own head be it.