# Modern Algebra 1

## MWF 10:20-11:10 CE 136

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### Course Description:

 This is a course in abstract algebra.   Topics we will cover this semester corresponds roughly to the first half of the textbook, including Groups and permutations Cosets, homomorphisms, quotient groups Group actions Rings and fields Polynomials Ideals and quotient rings Further applications

### Course Information:

 Instructor: Dr. Matthew Young Office Hours: Monday 11:15-12:15, 3:00-4:00 and Friday 9:00-10:00. Office: 225 Milner E-mail: myoung (at) math dot tamu d0t edu Textbook: The required textbook is A First Course In Abstract Algebra (7th edition), by John Fraleigh, Addison Wesley, 2003. Course Syllabus: The course covers approximately (but is not restricted to) chapters 1-5 of the text. Computational Aids: None will be necessary, and calculators will not be allowed during exams. Prerequisites: Math 323. The course will, however, be mostly self-contained. Course Webpage: /~myoung/classes/415fall2008.html

### Exam Schedule:

 There will be 2 in-class exams during the semester, as well as a cumulative final exam. The dates and times are listed below.

Exam 1

Exam 2

Final Exam

Date/Time

Friday, September 26, in class

Wednesday, October 29, in class

Tuesday, December 9, 8:00-10:00 AM

Location

CE 136

CE 136

 Your final grade will be determined by the total number of points obtained on exams and homework. Out of 450 total points, each component contributes to your grade as follows:

Component

Points

Homework

100

Exam 1

100

Exam 2

100

Final Exam

150

 The following grade distribution will be used in determining final course grades:

Percentage of Total Points

A

90.0%-100.0%

B

80.0%-89.9%

C

70.0%-79.9%

D

60.0%-69.9%

F

0.0%-59.9%

### Homework:

 Homework will be collected once per week for a grade. Homework assignments will be posted on this web page, so check back frequently!