Spring 2012 Course Syllabus

**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.

**11:30am-2:30pm Friday, June 15**(See the course calendar.)- Please note:
- It is your responsibility to ensure that you do not have a schedule conflict involving the final examination.
- You should not enroll in this class if you cannot sit for the final examination at its scheduled time.

- Please note:
- You may bring one 8.5 by 11 inch handwritten sheet of notes with you to the final examination (BOTH SIDES OF THE SHEET MAY BE USED FOR THE FINAL EXAM). No calculators will be allowed.

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

- Return your exam immediately to your TA. Regrade requests will not be considered once the exam leaves the room.
- If you disagree with the TA's answer to your regrade request, you may ask for the instructor to review it. In order to do this, you must:
- Return your exam immediately to your TA and ask that they forward it to the instructor.
- Instructor review requests will not be considered once the or exam leaves the room.

- If you do not retrieve your exam during discussion section, you must arrange to pick it up from your TA within one week after it was returned in order for any regrade request to be considered.

**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:

- 15% Homework, 20% Midterm Exam I, 20% Midterm Exam II, 45% Final Exam
- 15% Homework, 20% Best Midterm, 65% Final Exam

**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.