Abstract Algebra I

Course Details

Course Number: 3293  Section Number: 201

Spring 2012

Location: Bolin Hall

Classroom Number: 311

Days & Times:

TR 12:30-1:50pm



Course Attachments

Textbooks

MSU Faculty Member
Dr. Michelle Knox   
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Course Objectives

 

Course Description: Introduction to algebraic structures, including groups, group isomorphism, homomorphisms, direct products, and introduction to rings

 


Course Expectations

 

Prerequisite: MATH 2133 with a grade of C or better

Textbook: Contemporary Abstract Algebra (7th ed.) by Joseph A. Gallian


Grading Standards

 

Grading: The student’s final grade will be calculated as follows:

            graded homework                               17%    

            3 exams                                               17% each

            final exam                                            22%

            classwork                                            10%

 

The following percentages will be used to calculate the student’s grade:

            A         90%-100%                 

            B         80%-90%

            C         70%-80%                   

            D         60%-70%

            F          less than 60%


Final Exam5/10/2012  10:30am-12:30pm

Submission Format Policy

Homework is split up into two types.  The first type is graded homework.  This is homework to be turned in and graded.  As listed above, this type of homework is worth 17% of your final grade.  These assignments are due at the beginning of class on the given due date.  



Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy

Late homework is accepted at the discretion of the instructor and is subject to a penalty.  Students are welcome (and even encouraged) to work together on homework (unless stated otherwise), but each student is to submit her/his own work. Students will sometimes have the opportunity to revise some of their graded homework problems for more credit.  Late revision problems will not be accepted.


Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception. Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters. We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student. We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed. Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

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Safe Zones Statement The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

 

Classwork includes attendance, class participation, presentation of homework problems and other board work, and completion of in-class work (worksheets, quizzes, etc.)  A note about attendance: a student is considered absent if he or she is not present for the entire class (i.e. if a student leaves early or is late).  


Other Policies

 

Homework is split up into two types.  The first type is graded homework.  This is homework to be turned in and graded.  As listed above, this type of homework is worth 17% of your final grade.  These assignments are due at the beginning of class on the given due date.  Late homework is accepted at the discretion of the instructor and is subject to a penalty.  Students are welcome (and even encouraged) to work together on homework (unless stated otherwise), but each student is to submit her/his own work. Students will sometimes have the opportunity to revise some of their graded homework problems for more credit.  Late revision problems will not be accepted.

 

The following actions will be considered acts of academic dishonesty: copying another student’s work, consulting a solution manual, looking at other abstract algebra textbooks, consulting the internet (other than Gallian’s textbook website), or using any other resources not provided by Dr. Knox. See the MSU student handbook for university policies on academic honesty. 

 

 

 

 

Classwork includes attendance, class participation, presentation of homework problems and other board work, and completion of in-class work (worksheets, quizzes, etc.)  A note about attendance: a student is considered absent if he or she is not present for the entire class (i.e. if a student leaves early or is late). 

 

 

Exams: There will be three exams and a final exam.  The dates of the three exams are:

            Thursday, February 16, 2012

            Tuesday, March 27, 2012

            Tuesday, May 1, 2012

The date of the final exam is Thursday, May 10, 2012, 10:30am-12:30pm. 

 

Make-up exams are given at the discretion of Dr. Knox.  If an exam is missed, every effort must be made by the student to notify Dr. Knox as soon as possible.  It is best to call your professor rather than email when you miss an exam.

 

There may be instances where a student is asked to solve a homework or test problem on his/her own without the help of others.  In this case, the student is not allowed to talk to any other person about the problem, nor is the student allowed to consult any other resource besides the course textbook and class notes.  


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