Lecture TuTh 10:3011:45 in EDB L134
Line # 29405
Instructor John Jones
Office WXLR 729
Email jj@asu.edu
Home pages
http://hobbes.la.asu.edu
(instructor)
http://hobbes.la.asu.edu/544
(course)
Office Hours
Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:002:50, Wednesdays
1:001:50, and by appointment.
Prerequisites
MAT 543
Text Abstract Algebra, by Dummit and Foote. We will
cover, in order: 10.110.3, 11.111.4, 12, 13, 14, and 10.410.5 as time
permits. Linear algebra (11.111.4) 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 Universitysanctioned 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,
9:5011:40 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 30401 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.