427, Section F, Fall 2022
Honors Abstract Algebra
Professor: Eugene Lerman
Office: 37 CAB (Computer Applications Building)
Phone: (217) 244-9510
email: lerman( at )illinois. edu
(the best way to contact Eugene Lerman)
Home page: https://faculty.math.illinois.edu/~lerman
homework assignments and course materials are on
Moodle (Moodle login help is here )
Office Hours: see my calender and/or
MWF 11 am, 447 Altgeld Hall
- Prerequisites: Officially either honors section of math
416 or some other linear algebra course together with an honors
section of MATH 347. In practice, fluency in reading and writing proofs.
In any case consent of the department is required.
I will be following, more or
less, W. Keith Nicholson
Introduction to Abstract algebra. Fourth edition,
Wiley. Any other edition is fine as well, since I won't be assigning
homework out of the text.
You may also want to look at Matej Bresar,
We will study properties of integers, group theory, ring
theory and modules. So roughly chapters 1-5 and 7 of Nicholson's book.
- Homework: Homework
problems are to be assigned once a week by way of Moodle. They are
due the following week on Moodle, usually before midnight on
Wednesdays. Late homework will be penalized. There are
several reasons why I want the homework to be turned in on time.
First of all, if you are not keeping up with the homework, you are not
keeping up with the class, and then you may well get lost in the
lectures. Secondly, it is hard to grade fairly the homework that is
turned in late. The grader would have to keep careful track of the
grading rubrics and so on. In short: late homework is bad for you and
means more work for the grader.
If you have questions about
your homework score please take it up with the grader
first. If you and the grader can't resolve the issue I will step
If you have questions about the homework itself, please use
the forum on Moodle, and/or talk to me during office hours or after
Attendance: of lectures/discussions is expected.
Exams: There will be two midterms and a
final. All exams will be closed book.
The midterms will take place on
October 3 and November 9 (the dates are
not likely to change).
The final, according to the non-combined final
examination schedule is to take place
8am-11am on Thursday, December 14
Requests for a make-up exam require a serious documentation and are
almost never granted.
Grade: The formula for the course grade is roughly
I reserve the right to deviate from this formula in exceptional circumstances.
final exam = 35 %
2 midterms at 20 % each = 40%
homework = 25%
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