### 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 4 homework assignments, 2 quizzes, 1 midterm 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 % each 15 % (best of two) Midterm 30 % 25 % Final 40 % 50 %

The resulting numerical score will be converted to a letter grade based on class ranking following departmental guidelines. Roughly 27% of the class will get As, 38% of the class will get Bs and 27% will gets Cs unless something surprising happens. There are no extra credit options. All scores will be recorded in MyUCLA, which you are asked to check from time to time to ensure there are no oversights.

### More about homework and quizzes

A homework set will be posted to the website each Wednesday at the beginning of class which will be due exactly one week later (i.e. by the next Wednesday, 1:00 PM). 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 homework score will be dropped while calculating your grade.

There will be 2 quizzes (one of which will be held during class hours and one in the discussion session on Tuesday). If you miss a quiz, you get a score of zero for it.

#### Submitting homework

• Write legibly. 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.

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 within 10 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 July 5 In class Midterm July 13 In class Quiz II July 25 In discussion session Final Aug 3 1:00-2:50 P.M

### Tell me now, so I know : The Plan

We will broadly follow the recommended schedule. However there might be changes depending on the pace of our class.
• There will be NO make up quizzes or exams.
• Homework due dates will NOT be altered. Again, the lowest homework score will be dropped for grade calculations.
• NO juggling of exam dates.
• Grading disputes and complaints about incorrect MyUCLA scores will NOT be considered after 10 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.