Spring 2014 MATH 113 001 LEC

Introduction to Abstract Algebra
Schedule: 
SectionDays/TimeLocationInstructorCCN
001 LECTuTh 8-930A 6 EVANSRIEFFEL, M A54153
Units/CreditFinal Exam GroupEnrollment
416: THURSDAY, MAY 15, 2014 7-10PLimit:36 Enrolled:21 Waitlist:0 Avail Seats:15 [on 05/28/14]
Additional Information: 

Prerequisites: Math 54 or a course with equivalent linear algebra content.

Syllabus: Sets and relations. The integers, congruences, and the Fundamental Theorem of Arithmetic. Groups and their factor groups. Commutative rings, ideals, and quotient fields. The theory of polynomials: Euclidean algorithm and unique factorizations. The Fundamental Theorem of Algebra. Fields and field extensions.

Office: 811 Evans

Office Hours: TBA

Required Text: Algebra, Abstract and Concrete, edition 2.5., F. M. Goodman, available only on-line, FREE, at http://homepage.math.uiowa.edu/~goodman/algebrabook.dir/algebrabook.html.   The author has told me that edition 2.6 may be available (free) by the time our course begins.

Recommended Reading: 

Grading: The final examination will take place on THURSDAY, MAY 15, 2014, 7-10P. The final examination will count for 50% of the course grade. There will be no early or make-up final examination. There will be two midterm examinations, which will each count for 20% of the course grade. Make-up midterm exams will not be given; instead, if you tell me ahead of time that you must miss a midterm exam, then the final exam and the other midterm exam will count more to make up for it. If you miss a midterm exam but do not tell me ahead of time, then you will need to bring me a doctor's note or equivalent in order to have the final exam and the other midterm exam count more to make up for it. If you miss both midterm exams the circumstances will need to be truly extraordinary to avoid a score of 0 on at least one of them.

Homework:  Homework will be assigned at nearly every class meeting, and be due on Tuesdays. Students are strongly encouraged to discuss the homework and the course content with each other, but each student should write up their own solutions, reflecting their own understanding, to turn in.

Comments:  Students who need special accommodation for examinations should bring me the appropriate paperwork, and must tell me at least a week in advance of each examination what specific accommodation they need for that exam, so that I and the department will have enough time to arrange it. 

Course Webpage: http://math.berkeley.edu/~rieffel/113annS14.html