Abstract Algebra I

Course Details

Course Number: Math 3293  Section Number: 101

Fall 2013

Location: Bolin Hall

Classroom Number: 212

Days & Times:

M W F 8:00 - 8:50 am

Course Attachments

Math 3293 Syllabus  Math 3293 101 Fall 2030.syllabus-20130820-133231.docx


MSU Faculty Member
Dr. David Tucker   
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Course Objectives

This course is designed to re-enforce the students ability to read, understand, and write mathematical proofs.  The content of the course is focussed on understanding the theory of groups, including definitions, properties, and examples.  Students will be asked to convey mathematical concepts in written and verbal form..  By the end of the course students will have a basic understanding of abstract algebraic structures know as groups, and have an introduction to the algebraic structures known as rings.

Grading Standards

The final grade for the course will be determined by a combination of exams, in-class exercises, and graded homework.  Any homework assignment will be due at the beginning of the period designated by the instructor.  Late homework is subject to a penalty.  No make-ups will be given for in-class exercises.  In-class exercises will generally be given at the beginning of the period.  A student must be present at the time the exercise is handed out, and must remain for the entire class period (unless prior arrangements have been made with the instructor) in order to receive a grade other than zero on the exercise.

The weight of each portion will be as follows

Instrument                                                                          Weight

Hour Tests                                                                               60%

Exercises/Homework                                                            15%

Final Exam                                                                               25%


Grade Scale

   90 - 100%        A

   80  -  89%        B

   70  -  79%        C

   60  -  69%        D

     0  -  59%         F

Final Exam12/11/2013  8:00 - 10:00 am

Submission Format Policy

Quizzes and tests will be done on paper provided by the instructor.

Some homework assignments may be given on paper provided by the instructor.  The student should work the problems on scratch paper, and transfer the complete solution neatly and completely onto the paper provided, showing all steps and using the space provided.

If a homework assignment is requested for which the instructor assigns problems out of the text, the student should turn in the problems worked neatly and completely on 8 1/2 by 11 paper, with the problems in order, and the answers clearly marked


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

In general, late papers will not be accepted unless the student has made arrangements with the instructor in advance of the period in which the assignment is due.  Late papers or assignments are subject to penalty at the descretion of the instructor

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.

Students with Disabilities The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.

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

Each student is expected to attend every class period for this course, arriving in class before the period starts and leaving only when dismissed by the instructor.  If a student needs to arrive late, leave early, or knows in advance that he/she will miss a class, the student should inform the instructor before the start of the class.  No matter what, the student should be courteous to the instructor and the other students in the class, and avoid disrupting the class.

Other Policies


Use of cell phones to call or text others inside or outside of the classroom will not be tolerated.  The only legitimate use of cell phones in the classroom would be to take a picture of work on the board.  Otherwise, cell phones should be turned off and put away. 

Use of cell phones during tests is strictly forbidden.  Students observed using cell phones during a test will be assumed to be cheating and will receive a zero on the exam..

Students are permitted to use computers, I-pads, or notebooks during class to take class notes, but surfing the web, checking e-mail, doing homework for other classes, or  communicating with others inside or outside of the classroom is not permitted.  Again, use of them on a test is strictly forbidden.


Academic dishonesty will not be tolerated and may result in penalties

Each student is expected to do his or her own work on all graded assignments.  ANY EVIDENCE OF CHEATING OR UNAUTHORIZED GROUP EFFORT WILL RESULT IN DISCIPLINARY ACTION which may range from a zero on the assignment to an F in the course.  Students may discuss and compare homework problems outside of class.


 Note:   Any student experiencing difficulty with this course has an obligation to himself and the rest of the class to seek help in mastering the material.  The first step is to take advantage of the office hours set up by the instructor.  If the listed hours are unsuitable, see the instructor after class for individual appointments at mutually agreeable times.  Help should be sought as soon as the problem becomes apparent.  Putting it off will only make things worse!  Experience shows that students who study in groups with other students from the class do better, in general, than students who try to work alone.  The instructor encourages students to form study groups.


Week      Dates             Chapter(s)        Tests

 ----      -----             ----------        -----

   1        8/26 -  8/30      0 

   2        9/04 -  9/06      1        No Class Monday 9/02 Labor Day

   3        9/09 -  9/13      2       

   4        9/16 -  9/20      3, 4          

   5        9/23 -  9/27      4              Test 1 (Fri 9/27)

   6        9/30 - 10/04      5

   7       10/07 - 10/11      6                             

   8       10/14 - 10/18     7, 8    

   9       10/21 - 10/25      8              Test 2 (Fri 10/25)

  10       10/28 - 11/01      9

  11       11/04 - 11/08     10

  12       11/11 - 11/15     11                        

  13       11/18 – 11/22     12   

  14       11/25             13             Test 3 (Mon 11/25)

           No Class Wed 11/27 or Fri 11/29       Thanksgiving Break                

  15       12/02 - 12/06     14           


    Final Exam: Wednesday December 11, 2013

                 8:00 to 10:00 am



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