Course: Honors Abstract Algebra, Math 427, Section G
Time: MWF 9:00--9:50pm
Location: 243 Altgeld Hall
Instructor: Prof. Leininger
Phone: 265-6763
Email: clein (at)
Office: 265 Altgeld Hall
Office hours (my office): Wednesday 11:00--12:00, 2:30--3:00, 4:00--4:30; Thursday 10:45--11:45.
Text: Dummit & Foote, Abstract Algebra, 3rd ed. Errata can be found here
About the course: This course gives a rigorous (proof based) introduction to abstract algebra including group theory (about half the class), rings and modules (about 1/4), and field theory/Galois theory (about 1/4). The plan is to cover most (90%?) of chapters 1--14, though this is likely a bit optimistic.
Homework: There will be daily homework problems and weekly problem sets. You are encouraged to work on your homework together, but everyone must hand in their own solutions. The best strategy is to first try the problems yourself, and then discuss with classmates afterward. If you get stuck on a problem, don't immediately give up!

Midterm: There will be one take-home midterm exam (some time in the first half of October).

Final: The final exam will also be a take-home exam, due at the end of the scheduled time for the final exam: 11:00 AM, Tuesday, December 14.

Grades: Daily problems 20%, problem sets 30%, exams 50%.

Missed exams/homework: Homework will not be accepted late. However, I will drop 5 zeros from the daily problem grades and the 3 lowest problem set grades to make up for this (for example if you are ill, you oversleep, etc.). If you must miss a large number of problem sets, please contact me so we can determine the best course of action. Exams will not be accepted late unless there is a valid excuse.

Attendance: I recommend coming to class regularly (you'll have to come to turn in your problems), but I will not formally take attendance.
Math 428 in the Spring!!! You can visit the webpage for Math 428 this spring here. If you are interested in taking the course, please send me an email with the times you are unavailable.
Class notes: Assignments:

There are a couple summer programs which may be of interest to you:

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