427, Section G, Fall 2016
Honors Abstract Algebra
Text book: None required. There are several
textbooks that are free online. The best ones I know of are by Paul
Intro to Abstract Algebra and Abstract Algebra
. The first is an undergraduate level text, the second one is a
text for a year long graduate course.
Professor: Eugene Lerman
Office: 336 Illini Hall
Phone: (217) 244-9510
email: lerman( at )math. uiuc. edu
(the best way to contact Eugene Lerman)
Home page: https://faculty.math.illinois.edu/~lerman
homework assignments are posted at
I may also scan my lecture notes and post them on the
Office Hours: see my calender and/or
MWF 10 am, 343 Altgeld Hall
Prerequisites: Officially either honors section of math 416 or
MATH 415 together with an honors section of MATH 347. In practice,
ability to understand and write proofs. In any case consent of
the department is required.
Another free textbook I know
of is by Frederick M. Goodman, Algebra: Abstract and
Concrete (Edition 2.6), SemiSimple Press Iowa City,
file ] This text is vague at the beginning and rather wordy and
inefficient in places. On the other hand it is fairly easy to read.
We will study properties of integers, group theory and ring theory.
Homework: Homework problems are to be assigned
once a week. They are due the following week in class. No
late homework will be accepted.
Attendance: of lectures/discussions is expected.
Exams: There will be quizzes, two midterms and a
final. All exams will be closed book.
The midterms will take place on
September 28 and November 2
The final, according to the non-combined final
examination schedule is to take place on
1:30:00– 4:30 PM, Wednesday, December 14
Requests for a make-up exam require a serious documentation and are
almost never granted. I will drop the lowest homework and quiz scores.
Grade: The formula for the course grade is roughly
There is no plan for a curve.
However, if you do significantly better on the final than your course
average grade, I will take that into account.
final exam = 35 %
2 midterms at 20 % each = 40%
homework, quizzes = 25%
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