Math 417: Abstract Algebra I


Course Information
Instructor: Rebecca Tramel.
Office Hours: Illini Hall 241 Monday  3-5 and Tuesday 1-2, or by appointment.
Text: Algebra: Abstract and Concrete by Frederick M. Goodman.



Topics

The goal of this course is to introduce important topics in the study of Algebra. We will devote most of the course to the study of groups. We will also introduce rings and fields in this course.



Grading

Weekly Homework: 25%
Midterm Exams (Sep 28, Nov 2): 35%
Final Exam: 40%

Homework assignments will be graded on a two-tier system:

There will be opportunities throughout the semester to earn up to 3 dropped homework grades.


Schedule

The two midterm exams are scheduled for Wednesday, September 28 and Wednesday, November 2. The final exam is scheduled by the Registrar's office, and so the date and time will be listed later in the semester. Keep these dates in mind while scheduling holiday travel.

Materials

Syllabus
Piazza - This is our course page on Piazza. It is visible only to me and to other students in this class. You can ask and answer course related questions here.
LaTeX template - You will need to download a program to compile the document. There are many options, for example TeXStudio (Windows), TeXShop or MacTeX (Mac), and Kile (Linux).