News and Announcements
12/10/2010 The grades are posted on webct. The passing score for the final was 113.
12/08/2010 The final exam scores and the letter grades will be posted on webct over the weekend. The tests will NOT be handed back. If you want to see your exam, you can come and look at it in my office (until January 3rd) or your Ryan's office (after January 3rd).
12/06/2010 The last hw solutions have been posted on webct.
12/05/2010 Office hours tonight 6:30-8pm.
12/05/2010 Due to an emergency, I have to cancel today's office hours scheduled for 1-2:30pm. I will try to reschedule for later in the day, so please check back here. I will try to make an announcement today around 4:30pm. I am sorry about this last minute change, but it is out of my control.
12/02/2010 Practice problems for the final.
12/01/2010 Solutions to the worksheet problems.
11/29/2010 Homework solutions are posted on webct.
11/21/2010 All remaining homework assignments are now posted.
11/20/2010 Alina's office hours on Tuesday 11/23 and Wednesday 11/24 are canceled.
11/19/2010 There will be no class on W 11/24.
11/19/2010 The homework solutions will be posted on webct from now on (starting with hw6; hw1-5 are on Ryan's webpage).
11/09/2010 I finally posted the solutions to the first midterm. They are on the exam page. But I will NOT post solutions to the makeup problems.
11/02/2010 I updated the midterm scores on webct. The new median is 64.9.
10/26/2010 The makeup problems are due by 5pm, Friday 10/29 in the usual homework box.
10/22/2010 Errata for the makeup problems: in problem #3, it should be "x ∈ R, x ≠ 1/2"
10/22/2010 I posted the midterm scores on webct. As I announced today in class, the median score was 44. Thus, I decided to give everyone a chance to make up half the points they lost on the score. E.g. if someone had a score of 50/120, (s)he can get up to 35 points back, raising the score to 85. In order to do so, you have to write up solutions to the problems here. I will assign partial credit, so even if you don't do all the problems. you can still raise your score. In order to help you study, here's a review of the concepts covered so far.
10/20/2010 Office hours today are cancelled.
10/18/2010 Due to space constraints, we have 2 exam rooms for the first midterm. Please make sure you go to the right one, according to the initial of your LAST NAME.
||Location of Midterm 1
|A - P
||Center Hall 222
|R - Z
10/17/2010 The exam page is up. It contains info about the first midterm.
10/17/2010 Special office hours before midterm: Monday 10/18, 3:30-4:30pm and Tuesday 10/19, 3-5pm.
10/11/2010 I started a discussion board on webct for the class. Please feel free to discuss homework, ask questions, post suggestions, etc...
10/05/2010 Ryan will post solutions to the homework problems on his webpage. It is linked from the sections tab at the top of the page.
09/29/2010 Please note the changes we made to office hours. And remember that the first homework is due today.
09/23/2010 Instruction begins.
09/20/2010 Beginning of term.
Instructor: Alina Bucur
Office: AP&M 7131
Phone: x4 2125
Office Hours: Tu 2:30-3:30pm
and by appointment
Discussion Sections: Center Hall 201
A01 Tu 5-5:50pm
A02 Tu 6-6:50pm
TA: Ryan Rodriguez
Office: AP&M 6414
Office Hours: M 4-5pm
Description: This is the first undergraduate course in abstract algebra. Our main topic will be group theory. Compared to Math 100A, this course goes more slowly, is somewhat less proof-oriented, and spends more time on applications of the theory. For most variations of the math major which require a course in algebra, 103A suffices. If you are considering graduate study in mathematics, however, you should take Math 100A instead.
Prerequisites: Math 109
Textbook: J. Gallian
Contemporary Abstract Algebra, 7th ed.
Read the material BEFORE lecture.
Grade: 20% Homework
20% First midterm
20% Second midterm
40% Final Exam
(in pdf format)