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Abstract Algebra: Mathematics 544

Lecture TuTh 10:30-11:45 in EDB L1-34

Line # 29405

Instructor John Jones

Office WXLR 729

E-mail jj@asu.edu

Home pages
   http://hobbes.la.asu.edu  (instructor)
   http://hobbes.la.asu.edu/544  (course)

Office Hours Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:00-2:50, Wednesdays 1:00-1:50, and by appointment.

Prerequisites MAT 543

Text Abstract Algebra, by Dummit and Foote. We will cover, in order: 10.1-10.3, 11.1-11.4, 12, 13, 14, and 10.4-10.5 as time permits. Linear algebra (11.1-11.4) will be covered fairly quickly since it is mostly prerequisite material for the course.

Grading There will be two tests, homework, and a final. The final grade will be computed by the following recipe:

What Percentage
Homework average 50%
Midterm 25%
Final exam 25%

The weights on the left side will be used to get a final average:
Final avg = 0.50· (homework percent) + 0.25· (midterm percent) + 0.25 · (final exam percent)

Then final grades will be determined by the following chart.
Grade A+ A A- B+ B B- C+ C D
Lower Cutoff 97% 90% 87% 84% 78% 75% 72% 63% 50%

Midterm The midterm will be given in class on March 23.

Homework Homework assignments will appear on the course homework page. Each student is expected to do and understand every problem assigned. Problems to be submitted for grading will be underlined. Papers are due on the date shown on the homework page, and should be turned in before the start of class on the day they are due. Homework should be turned in on paper (not electronically), and no papers will be accepted after the end of class. Papers submitted via my mailbox must be there by the end of the day before they are due.

At the end of the semester, the two lowest homework scores for each student will be dropped before averaging the others.

Makeups If you need to miss a test for exceptional circumstances such as a documented illness, emergency, or a University-sanctioned activity, contact the instructor at the earliest possible time. If an exam must be taken late and is not excused, a late penalty will be assessed to its score of a minimum of 15%.

Final Exam The final will take place at its regularly scheduled time. I believe this to be Tuesday, May 2, 9:50-11:40 AM, in our regular classroom, but students are responsible for checking that this is the correct date and time.

This exam is not comprehensive, and is essentially another midterm covering the second half of the course.

In general, final exams cannot be rescheduled by ASU policy. See ACD 304-01 for details.

Academic Dishonesty Academic dishonesty, including inappropriate collaboration and sharing test information with others, will not be tolerated. See the ASU policy, in particular student obligations. There are severe sanctions for cheating, plagiarizing and any other form of dishonesty.

Information on this syllabus may be amended by verbal announcements made in class and posted on the course web page.
Last Update: April 27, 2017

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