Spring 2014: MATH 171

Abstract Algebra



Handouts

Course description (in .pdf format):  Abstract Algebra I
Syllabus (in .html format): Math 171

Homeworks

(due in class every Wednesday except when explicitly noted otherwise)

It is understood implicitly that reading the respective sections from the book (as well as any supplementary materials that may be provided) and carefully reviewing the lecture notes is a part of your homework assignment.

Show all work on your homework solutions - it is not the correct answer you are graded on, it is the solution and details of the proof. Please write neatly, and present your solution/proof accurately.

Please check this page regularly - assignments and due dates may change depending on the class progress.

HW #1, due 2/5/14: (Class average = 25.1 out of 30)

Sec. 0.3, ## 3, 6, 9, 11, 12
Sec. 1.1, ## 1, 5, 6, 8, 9, 12, 17, 20, 25, 31

HW #2, due 2/12/14: (Class average = 26.5 out of 30)

Sec. 1.2, ## 1, 2, 3, 6, 16
Sec. 1.3, ## 2, 5, 6, 10, 14, 15

HW #3, due 2/26/14: (Class average = 28.7 out of 30)

Sec. 1.4, ## 4, 5, 7
Sec. 1.5, # 3
Sec. 2.1, ## 1(b, e), 4, 5, 8, 10(a), 11, 12

HW #4, due 3/5/14: (Class average = 27.0 out of 30)

Sec. 1.6, ## 3, 4, 7, 9, 16, 17, 19, 20, 25, 26

HW #5, due 3/12/14: (Class average = 28.6 out of 30)

Sec. 1.7, ## 4, 6, 16, 17, 18, 19

HW #6, due 3/26/14 3/31/14 (Monday): (Class average = 24.9 out of 30)

Sec. 2.2, ## 5, 6, 7, 10, 11
Sec. 2.3, ## 16, 23, 24, 25
Sec. 3.1, ## 1, 4, 5, 22(a), 24, 40, 41

HW #7, due 4/9/14 4/14/14 (Monday): (Class average = 27.5 out of 30)

Sec. 3.2, ## 4, 5, 6, 8, 11, 15, 16, 17, 18, 22
Sec. 3.3, ## 2, 3, 7, 8

HW #8, due 4/16/14: (Class average = 28.2 out of 30)

Sec. 3.4, ## 4, 7
Sec. 3.5, ## 3, 4, 5, 9 (Note: V_4 is the Klein-4 group -- it is isomorphic to Z/2Z x Z/2Z; see p. 68 of your book)

HW #9, due 4/23/14: (Class average = 26.6 out of 30)

Sec. 4.2, ## 1, 2, 3, 9
Sec. 4.3, ## 2, 5, 8

HW#10, due 4/30/14 5/5/14 (Monday): (Class average = ?)

Sec. 4.4, ## 1, 6, 7
Sec. 4.5, ## 3, 5, 13, 16, 17

HW#11, suggested but not collected:

Sec. 7.1, ## 4, 5, 7, 12, 14

Exams

In class midterm 1:  Wednesday, February 19
Midterm 1 class average:   74.9 out of 100

In class midterm 2:  Wednesday, April 2
Midterm 2 class average:   61.2 out of 100

Final Exam:    Wednesday, May 14, 7:00 - 10:00 pm in RN 105
Final class average:
  

Announcements

The final will cover all the material on group theory throughout the semester, but no ring theory.
Review session for the final will be held on Monday, 5/12/14 at 3:00 pm in RN 105. Please come prepared with questions!

I will hold a review session on Friday, 4/11/14, at 10:00 am in RN 103.

Midterm 1 will cover the material of sections 0.3, 1.1 - 1.5.

Midterm 2 will cover the material of sections 1.6, 1.7, 2.1 - 2.3, 3.1.

Please notice that
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