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Math 103B: Modern Algebra II
Spring 2012 Course Syllabus

Updated 4/1/12

Course:  Math 103B

Title:  Modern Algebra II

Credit Hours:  4

Prerequisite:  Math 103A or Math 100A or consent of instructor.

Catalog Description:   Second course in a two-quarter introduction to abstract algebra with some applications. Emphasis on rings and fields. Topics include: definitions and basic properties of rings, fields, and ideals, homomorphisms, irreducibility of polynomials.

Textbook: Contemporary Abstract Algebra, 7th Edition, by Joseph A. Gallian

Subject Material:  We will cover parts of chapters 10-18 of the text.  See the homework page for a complete listing of sections we will cover.

Homework:  Homework will be assigned on the course homework page and should be completed by the discussion section on the indicated due date.   Your completed homework assignments should be submitted by the due time into the homework dropbox Before you submit, make sure to staple your work and have your name, ID number and section number written clearly on top of the front page. Late homework will not be accepted.

Reading:  Reading the sections of the textbook corresponding to the assigned homework exercises is considered part of the homework assignment; you are responsible for material in the assigned reading whether or not it is discussed in the lecture.

Midterm Exams:  There will be two (2) midterm exams.  (See also the course calendar).  You may bring a ONE SIDED 8.5 by 11 inch handwritten sheet of notes with you to each midterm exam. No calculators will be allowed.   There will be no makeup exams.

Final Exam:  The final examination will be held at the following date and time.

Regrades:  Midterm exams will be returned in the discussion sections. If you wish to have your exam regraded, you must observe the following rules:

Grading: Your course grade will be determined by your cumulative average at the end of the term and will be based on the following scale:

A+ A A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D
97 93 90 87 83 80 77 73 70 60

We may adjust the scale to be more lenient, but we guarantee that the grade corresponding to a given percentage will not be lower than specified by the above scale. Your cumulative average will be the best of the following two weighted averages: Note: Since there are no makeup exams, if you miss an exam for any reason then your course grade will be computed with the final exam counting 65% of your weighted average.

Academic Dishonesty:  Academic dishonesty is considered a serious offense at UCSD. Students caught cheating will face an administrative sanction which may include suspension or expulsion from the university. It is in your best interest to maintain your integrity.


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