Abstract Algebra, MATH 453/653, Fall 2016

This is the home page and first day handout for MAT 453/653, meeting MW 1:00 -- 2:15 in CEB 203.  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, October 5th: 17%.
  • Exam two, Wednesday, November 2nd: 17%.  
  • Exam three, Wednesday, November 30th: 16%.
  • Final, Monday, December 12th, 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 24th 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 in CBC C-319, and 1:00 -- 2:15 in CBC C-142. Mr. Lautzensheiser 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.

Unusual circumstances: The presedential debate will be held at the Thomas and Mack on Wednesday, October 19th. We have been informed that no classes can be held in CBC on that day, so some of your classes might be cancelled. This is not one of them.

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

  • August 29:  Instruction and late registration begin.
  • September 2:   Last day to drop a course and receive 100% refund.
  • September 5:  Labor Day recess.
  • September 12: Last day to inform me of absences due to religious holidays.
  • October 28:  Nevada Day recess (Friday).
  • November 4: Final day to drop or withdraw from classess (without a refund) or change from credit to audit.
  • November 11:  Veterans' Day recess (Friday).
  • November 24:  Thanksgiving.
  • December 5th – December 10th:  Study Week.
  • December 12th –17th:  Final examinations.

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