Math
103B (Modern
Algebra)  Winter 2011
Professor: CRISTIAN
D.
POPESCU
 Lectures: MWF 8:008:50am, in AP&M B412
Office Hours: MW 910,
in AP&M B412.
Office: AP&M
6256;
Phone: 8585346297; Email: cpopescu@math.ucsd.edu
Teaching Assistant: RYAN RODRIGUEZ 
Discussion
Sections: T 66:50, in WLH
2114
Office Hours: T 45, W 34 in 6414.
Email:
rmrodriguez@math.ucsd.edu
COURSE DESCRIPTION
WHAT IS MATH 103B?
This is the second
undergraduate course in modern algebra. In this course we continue to
examine
topics
from the theory of rings, fields, and vector spaces. We will
cover most of Chapters 1219 in the textbook as well as some
basic definitions and properties of vector spaces over arbitrary fields.
TEXT Gallian, J. A., Contemporary Abstract Algebra, Seventh
Edition
(Brooks/Cole, 2010). 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
Chapters IXI of the textbook (covered in Math
103A, which is a background requirement for Math
103B.)
EXAMS
 Midterm I  Wednesday, January 26, 8:00am, in AP&M B412.
Topics: Chapters 12, 13. Exam1
 Midterm II  Wednesday, February 23, 8:00am,
in AP&M B412.
Topics: Chapters 14, 15. Exam2
 Final Exam  Monday, March 14, 8:00am11:00am.
Location: AP&M B412. Topics:
comprehensive.

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.