MATH 685 Abstract Algebra II
Spring 2016

Professor: Dr. Sue Geller
Office: 219 B Blocker
Office Hours: by appointment made at /undergraduate/advising/ and click on me.
Phone: 979-845-7531
Fax: 979-862-4190 and be sure to put my name on it.

Welcome to the home page for Math 685 Abstract Algebra II for the Spring of 2016. These pages will continue to be under construction, so please check them regularly for any changes, especially in due dates and assignments.

This course will consist of reading assignments and problem assignments. You may find yourself challenged in new ways by the assignments because some of the problems are difficult. If using other sources, please give references. Note: The answers to all the homework can be found on the web. You may not look them up, paraphrase them, and give reference. That is cheating and plagiarism.


Dummit and Foote, Abstract Algebra, third edition, Wiley and Sons, 2003.

Please note that I will be traveling on 28-31 January when I will be taking students to a conference in Nebraska, so will have less email access than usual.



Your final grade will be determined by your performance on the homework calculated as 100x(the sum of your homework grades)/(the sum of the possible number of points). The grading scheme is:

  • 90 to 100 is an A.
  • 80 to 89.5 is a B.
  • 70 to 79.5 is a C.
  • 60 to 69.5 is a D.
  • 0 to 59.5 is an F.
  • Late Work

    I realize that you are working and have a family, so you have different constraints than students on campus. It is very helpful to me as well as useful for you to do each assignment on time. Therefore, late work will not be accepted without prior arrangements, but reasonable excuses will be accepted as long as the privilege is not abused. When arranging for late work, be prepared to tell me when you will get the work to me.


  • If you want to discuss a problem by voice (i.e. phone), please give me some times when you will be available, and I'll try to call you then. Otherwise you may call me at work but I have a lot of meetings so am not always in my office. Thursdays are particularly bad for my being in.

  • All email correspondence must contain the course number in the subject heading so that I can easily distinguish it from my other class, spam, and other types of correspondence.

  • Cheating and plagiarism will not be tolerated.

    Simply changing some words from a passage is still plagiarism unless you reference the source. There is an old quip "Stealing from one source is plagiarism, from many research." As with most quips, it is both true and false. To be true research there needs to be something from yourself in the essay/answer. The truth in the quip is that research is built on the results of many before us, but they need to be given the credit for their work for it to be morally, ethically, and legally correct. Also, simply copying an answer from someone is both cheating and plagiarism. I repeat from above that you may not use the solutions to the problems in the book that are out on the web. Don't cheat nor plagiarize.

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  • Academic Integrity Statement

    "An Aggie does not lie, cheat, or steal or tolerate those who do." See the Honor Council Rules and Procedures for more information.


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    Last update: 13 January 2016