Saint Michael's College
Abstract Algebra MA 406 A
Instructor: Joanna Ellis-Monaghan (please call me Jo)
Office: STE 217A
Office Hours: By appointment Tuesdays 9:00- 10:00 am, Fridays 11:30 am- 12:20 pm.
Text: Contemporary Abstract Algebra, Fifth Edition, by Joseph A. Gallian. There are on-line student resources for the text available at http://www.d.umn.edu/~jgallian/.
Class notes: Since we have a smartboard equipped room, I will try to post the class notes after each class here: SmartBoard Class Notes.
Class Web Page: You can find a link to the class web page on my home page at http://academics.smcvt.edu/jellis-monaghan/ . I will post class communications here (a copy of this handout for example). This also where I would post any practice exams or on-line resources. I will also use this page to notify you in the case of class cancellation, homework hints, answers to frequently asked project questions, or grade postings. You need to check it regularly.
Course Software: We will be using Maple and software written specifically to accompany our text.
Study groups: You may form your own study group (2-4 people) or wait for me to assign you to one. You are encouraged to study/work togetherprepare for exams, discuss homework and software applications, but each person must turn in individual work.
is due two class periods after each chapter is finished.
Homework must conform to the following:
There will be a midterm exam at some
convenient breaking point around the middle of the term.
It will consist of a short inclass portion (straight forward
computations) and a more interesting take home portion. To make up for the take
home time, there will be no class
day to be determined.
Final Exam: The exam will be
on December 17--although this is negotiable for a small
class. Like the midterm, it
will consist of a short inclass portion (straight forward
computations) and a more interesting take home portion. The inclass portion will
9-11:30, and the take home portion will be due at that time.
Grading: homeworkó45%, midterm--25%, final exam--30%.
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