Math 418: Abstract Algebra II

Course Information

Instructor: Rebecca Tramel.
Office Hours: Illini Hall 241 Tuesdays 11-12 and Wednesdays 12-1, or by appointment.
Text: Abstract Algebra (3rd Edition) by Dummit and Foote.
Meetings: Mechanical Engineering Building 336, Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:30-10:50am.


The goal of this course is to introduce important topics in the study of Algebra. The course will be divided into three major sections:
  1. Rings (Chapters 8 and 9),
  2. Fields (Chapters 13 and 14),
  3. Modules (Chapter 10 and 12).
At the end of the course, we will choose a few other topics to study as well, based on the interests of the class.


Weekly Homework (Best 9 of 12): 25%
Midterm Exam (Mar. 2): 17.5%
Project: 17.5%
Final Exam: 40%

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


The midterm exam is scheduled for March 2nd.. 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.


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).