Syllabus for Math
417, Section B13, Spring 2013
Introduction to Abstract Algebra

Professor: Eugene Lerman

Office: 336 Illini Hall

Phone: (217) 2449510

email: lerman( at )math. uiuc. edu
(the best way to contact Eugene Lerman)

Home page: https://math.uiuc.edu/~lerman

Course page:
https://math.uiuc.edu/~lerman/417/s13/s13.html
( homework assignments are posted at
https://math.uiuc.edu/~lerman/417/s13/s13hw.html )

Office Hours: see my calender and/or
by appointment

Class meets:

Prerequisites: Officially either math 416 or one of MATH 410,
MATH 415 together with one of MATH 347, MATH 348, CS 373; or consent
of instructor. In practice, ability to understand and write proofs.
Text book: Frederick M. Goodman,
Algebra: Abstract and Concrete (Edition 2.5), SemiSimple
Press Iowa City, IA. [PDF
file available for download free of charge]
We will study Chapters 1  6.
Other Textbooks: (on reserve in the Math Library)
 Michael Artin, Algebra, (2nd edition) Prentice Hall,
1991. [a bit more advanced than the recommended textbook with
alternative approaches]
 Garrett Birkhoff and Saunders MacLane, A survey of modern algebra , (4th Edition), Macmillan, 1977. [a classic book; more advanced than the recommended textbook]

Homework: Homework problems are to be assigned
once a week. They are due the following week. No
late homework will be accepted.

Exams: There will be quizzes, two midterms and a
final. You have to pass the final to pass the course. All exams will be closed book. The midterms will take place on
March 1 and April 19 (the dates are
not likely to change). The final, according to the noncombined final
examination schedule is to take place on
8:00–11:00 AM, Monday, May 6 in the regular classroom.

Grade: The formula for the course grade is roughly
as follows:

final exam = 35 %

2 midterms at 20 % each = 40%

homework, quizzes = 25%
There is no plan for a curve
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