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Contemporary Abstract Algebra by Joseph Gallian (6th ed.)
Houghton Mifflin (Required).
Description. Math 111A is the first quarter of the year-long
abstract algebra sequence. It is an introduction to algebraic
structures with an emphasis on groups.
Grading. The plan is to cover (approximately) the first ten
chapters of Gallian. Extensive homework assignments will be given.
Your grade will be determined by homework scores (including class
participation and possibly some quizzes), two exams, and a final exam.
The first exam will test the material covered during the first four
weeks of the course; the second will test the second four weeks; the
final exam will be take home and comprehensive. The weights of each
of these are as follows.
Homework/Etc. Exam I Exam II Final
(Oct 26) (Nov 30)
30% 20% 20% 30%
Make-ups: Make-ups for exams will only be given with
documented University-approved excuses (see University Regulations).
ADA. Students with disabilities can get assistance from the
Disabled Students Program Office (893-2668). I'm happy to work with
them and with you.
Copyright Information. Please note that all written and web
materials for this course have an implied copyright. In particular,
you can xerox (or download) for your own use, but you may not
reproduce them for others.