Abstract Algebra II, MATH 454/654, Spring 2010

This is the home page and first day handout for MAT 454/654, meeting MW from 2:30pm -- 3:45pm in CBC-C128.  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 453 (Abstract Algebra I).

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

  • Chapter 7:  Groups
  • Chapter 8:  More properties of groups
  • Chapter 9:  Field extensions (review)
  • Chapter 10:  Galois theory
  • Other related topics, time permitting.   

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

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

  • Homework: 10%.
  • Exam one, Wednesday, February 17th: 17%.
  • Exam two, Wednesday, March 24th: 17%.  
  • Exam three, Wednesday, April 21st: 16%.
  • Final, due Wednesday, May 5th, 3:10pm: 30%.
  • Uncommitted points: 10%.

Exams one and two will have an in class component and a take home component.  Exam three and the final are take home exams.  The take home components are due the following Monday at the beginning of class.  The take home final is due at the beginning of the regularly scheduled time for the final.  The grading scheme for students taking MAT 654 may be slightly different. 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. The distribution of the "Uncommitted points" will be described in class. They are to allow flexibility in the grading scheme, and may go to, for example, special projects.

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.

  • Monday and Wednesday, 11:30 am – 1pm,
  • ... or by appointment.

I expect to be around almost every Monday and Wednesday morning, so those would be good times to make last minute appointments.  I should also be able to handle quick questions between 3:45 and 4 on Monday and Wednesday.  I teach in CBC-C128 at 4pm too.


Unusual circumstances:  I plan to attend two conferences that will interfere with this course.  The first is January 12th – 15th.  There will be no class on Wednesday, January 13th.  The second is May 2nd – 9th, which includes exam week.  Hence, final grades will not be ready until May 11th. 

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

  • January 11th:  Instruction and late registration begin.
  • January 15th:  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 without it showing up on transcripts.
  • January 18th:  Martin Luther King Day recess.
  • February 15th:  Presidents' Day recess.
  • March 26th:  Final date to drop or withdraw from classes (except short courses). 
  • March 29th – April 3rd:  Spring Break recess.
  • April 26th – May 1st:  Study Week.
  • May 3rd – 7th:  Final examinations.

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UNLV Home Page * Arthur Baragar's Home Page
URL: http://www.nevada.edu/~baragar/courses/MATH454s10.html
e-mail: baragar@unlv.nevada.edu