Abstract Algebra, MATH 453/653, Fall 2015

This is the home page and first day handout for MAT 453/653, meeting MW 1:00 -- 2:15 in CBC-C216.  My name is Dr. Arthur Baragar, my office is CDC-1016, and I can be reached at 895-0378. Important information announced in class will also be posted on WebCampus. The prerequisite for this course is MATH 251 (discrete math) and MATH 330 (linear algebra).

Syllabus: This course is expected to cover the following topics:

  • Chapter 1:  Arithmetic in the integers
  • Chapter 2:  Modular arithmetic
  • Chapter 12:  RSA (Cryptography)
  • Chapter 3:  Rings
  • Chapter 4:  Polynomial rings
  • Chapter 15:  Geometric constructions
  • Chapter 7:  Groups   

Text:  Abstract Algebra, Third Edition, by Thomas Hungerford, published by Brooks/Cole. 

Grading Scheme: This is the grading scheme for this course:

  • Homework: 10%.
  • Quizzes: 10%.
  • Exam one, Wednesday, September 30th: 17%.
  • Exam two, Wednesday, October 28th: 17%.  
  • Exam three, Wednesday, November 25th: 16%.
  • Final, Monday, December 7th, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm: 30%.

Exams one and two will have an in class component and a take home component.  Exam three is a take home exam.  (November 26th is Thanksgiving.) The take home components are due the following Monday at the beginning of class.  There is no preset correlation between numerical grades and letter grades.  A letter grade (without + or -), a report card, if you like, will be posted on WebCampus after every exam.

Office Hours: If you need to see me, please look for me during the office hours posted below, or please make an appointment. Office hours begin the second week of classes.

  • Mondays and Wednesdays, 2:30 -- 3:30,
  • Tuesdays, 1:00 -- 2:00,  
  • ... or by appointment.

Office hours begin the second week of classes.  

Breakout sessions: There are breakout sessions, which are conducted by Daniel Lautzenheiser on Fridays, 11:30 -- 12:45 and 1:00 -- 2:15. Both sessions are in CBC C212. Daniel will collect the homework and conduct the quizzes; he can be reached at 702-895-0364, or by email at lautzen2@unlv.nevada.edu (preffered/more reliable); his office is CDC 704; and his office hours are:

  • Mondays and Wednesdays, 10:00 -- 11:30.


Other Important Dates:  (See the UNLV calendar for more details.)

  • August 24:  Instruction and late registration begin.
  • August 28:  Final date for late registration, course additions, changes, or fee payment (with late penalty).  Last day to inform me of absences due to religious holidays.  Last day to drop a course and receive 100% refund.
  • September 7:  Labor Day recess.
  • October 30:  Nevada Day recess (Friday). Final day to drop or withdraw from classess (without a refund) or change from credit to audit.
  • November 11:  Veterans' Day recess (Wednesday).
  • November 26:  Thanksgiving.
  • November 30th – December 5th:  Study Week.
  • December 7th –12th:  Final examinations.

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URL: http://www.nevada.edu/~baragar/courses/MATH453f2015.html
e-mail: baragar@unlv.nevada.edu