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Math 103A Modern Algebra
Fall 2017 Course Syllabus

Updated 09/05/17

Course:  103A

Title:  Modern Algebra

Credit Hours:  4   (Students may not receive credit for both Math 100A and Math 103A.)

Prerequisite: Math 31CH or Math 109 or consent of instructor.

Catalog Description:  First course in a two-quarter introduction to abstract algebra with some applications. Emphasis on group theory.  Topics include: definitions and basic properties of groups, properties of isomorphisms, subgroups.

Textbook: Concrete Abstract Algebra -- from numbers to Grobner bases, by Niels Lauritzen; Cambridge University Press 2003.

Subject Material:   We shall cover most of Chapter 2 of the text, and parts of Chapter 1.

Homework:  Homework will be assigned on the course homework page and will be collected (and returned the week after) on Tuesdays after your discussion session by your TA on the indicated due date. If you cannot make it to the section, drop it off in your TA's designated box in the APM basement. Make sure you use the correct box. Misplaced homework may not be considered. The deadline is Tuesdays at 5:00 PM. Late homework will not be accepted.

Lecture:  Attending the lecture is a fundamental part of the course; you are responsible for material presented in the lecture whether or not it is discussed in the textbook.  You should expect questions on the exams that will test your understanding of concepts discussed in the lecture. As a courtesy to your fellow students, and the instructor, please put your phones away on silent mode during class.

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 Exam:  There will be one midterm exam during the quarter, in class on Wed Nov 8th.  You may bring one 8.5 by 11 inch handwritten sheet of notes with you to the midterm exam, but no books or calculators will be allowed during the exams.  Please make sure your cell phone is turned off and put away during exams.   There will be no makeup exams.

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

Note: You may bring one 8.5 by 11 inch handwritten sheet of notes with you to the final examination, but no books or calculators will be allowed during the final examination.

Regrades:  Homework and midterm exams will be returned in the discussion sections.  If you notice an error in the way your homework or exam was graded, you must return it immediately to your TA.  Regrade requests will not be considered once the homework or exam leaves the room.   If you do not retrieve your homework or 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-
97 93 90 87 83 80 77 73 70

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: In addition,  you must pass the final examination in order to pass the course. If your accumulated score is right between two grades your performance in class will be taken into account.

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.

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