Abstract Algebra III, MATH 703, Fall 2010

This is the home page and first day handout for MAT 703, meeting MW 2:30 – 3:45 in CBC-C235.  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 a year of undergraduate abstract algebra or consent of the instructor.

Syllabus: This course will cover the same main topics of our undergraduate course, namely groups and rings, but in greater depth.  We will probably cover Parts 1 and 2 in the text (Chapters 1 through 9).    

Text:  Abstract Algebra, Third Edition, by David S. Dummit and Richard M. Foote, published by Wiley. 

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

  • Homework: 20%.
  • Exam one, Wednesday, October 27th: 25%.
  • Final, Wednesday, December 9th, 3:10 pm – 5:10 pm: 45%.
  • Uncommitted points: 10%

There will be two exams.  Both will have a take home component, and may or may not have an in class component.  The in class component, if used, will be on the above scheduled dates.  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.

  • Mondays, 11:00 – noon, 4:00 – 5:00.
  • Wednesdays, 11:00 – noon.
  • … or by appointment

Office hours begin the second week of classes.  If there is no one present by 4:20 on Monday afternoons, I will feel free to leave, so please arrive early. 

Special Situation:  I will be attending a conference in Leiden, The Netherlands, October 25th – 29th.  We will have a guest lecturer (TBA) on Monday, 10/25; and our first in class exam (if used) on Wednesday, 10/27.     

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

  • August 23:  Instruction and late registration begin.
  • August 27:  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.
  • September 6:  Labor Day recess.
  • October 29:  Nevada Day recess (Friday).
  • November 1:  Final date to drop or withdraw from classes (except short courses). 
  • November 11:  Veterans' Day recess (Thursday).
  • November 25:  Thanksgiving.
  • November 29th – December 4th:  Study Week.
  • December 6th –11th:  Final examinations.

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e-mail: baragar@unlv.nevada.edu