Math
100A (Abstract
Algebra)  Fall 2008
Professor: CRISTIAN
D.
POPESCU
 Lectures: MWF 9:009:50am, in U4132
Office Hours: Mo. & We.
10:00  11:00, in AP&M 6256.
Office: AP&M
6256;
Phone: 8585346297; Email: cpopescu@math.ucsd.edu
Teaching Assistants:
MICHAEL KELLY  Discussion
Section: M 66:50pm, in AP&M
B412
Office Hours: T 1112 and Th 12, in AP&M
5412
Email: mbkelly@math.ucsd.edu
DANIEL
VALLIÈRES
 Discussion Section: M 77:50pm, in AP&M B412
Office Hours:Th 34pm, F
23pm,
in AP&M 5132
Email: dvallieres@math.ucsd.edu
COURSE DESCRIPTION
WHAT IS MATH 100A? This is the first
undergraduate course in abstract algebra. In this course we examine
topics
from group, ring and field theory.
TEXT Beachy, J. A. and
Blair, W. D. Abstract Algebra,
Third Edition
(Waveland Press Inc., 2006). You
are expected to read the text BEFORE each lecture. The students
enrolled in this class are expected to be familiar with the material in
Chapter I of the textbook (covered in Math 109 
Mathematical Reasoning, which is a background requirement for Math
100A.)
EXAMS
 Midterm I  Wednesday, October 15, 9:00am, in U4132.
Topics: Chapters 12.
 Midterm II  Wednesday, November 12, 9:00am,
in U4132.
Topics: Chapter 3.
 Final Exam  Wednesday, December 10,
8:0011:00am. Location: U4132. Topics:
Chapters 14.

No notes, textbooks, calculators
are allowed during exams. No makeup exams will be given and no late
homework will be accepted. Cheating on an exam results in 0 points for
that exam, as well as
further disciplinary action. Please
read very carefully the following ACADEMIC
INTEGRITY GUIDELINES.
GRADING POLICY
 Midterms 1+2: 20% each; Final Exam: 40%;
Homework: 20%. The grading will be done on a curve, the median
corresponding to a B/C+.
GETTING HELP
Help with mathematical problems:
 Section: Ask
questions in section  this is one of the main reasons why sections
exist.
 Office Hours: You
are strongly advised to take full advantage of your professor's and
ta's office
hours.
 Classmates: Sometimes
a classmate can help. Sometimes you can learn by working out problems
together with your classmates.
Help with personal problems which
affect your class work:
 Talk to the professor or, if appropriate, your
college provost.