MATH 103A Syllabus
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Math 103A
Modern Algebra I

Summer Session I 2017

Course Syllabus

Professor: David Rideout
Teaching Assistants: Artem Mavrin, Zachary Higgins, and lacopo Brivio

Class Times:  Lecture: MWF 9 - 10:50 am  PETER 110
Discussion 1: TuTh 9 - 9:50 am  AP&M B402A
Discussion 2: TuTh 10 - 10:50 am  AP&M B402A
Discussion 3: TuTh 9 - 9:50 am  AP&M 2402
Discussion 4: TuTh 10 - 10:50 am  AP&M 2402
Discussion 5: TuTh 11 - 11:50 am  AP&M 2402

Prerequisite:Math 31CH or Math 109

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: A First Course in Abstract Algebra, by John B. Fraleigh, Seventh Edition, Addison Wesley (2003)

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.

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. It will be expected that you read the assigned material in advance of each lecture.

Homework: Homework assignments will be posted here on the homework page, and will be due Tuesdays and Thursdays by 5pm, as posted in the course calendar. They are to be placed into the homework dropbox in the basement of AP&M. The quizzes and exams will be similar in nature to the assigned homework.

Quizzes: There will be a 30 minute quiz on the first four Fridays of the term. The lecture will stop at 10:20 am, and you will have the remaining 30 minutes to complete the quiz, which must be turned in by the end of the class period at 10:50 am. No books nor electronic devices will be permitted during the quizzes. There will be no make-up quizzes, however your lowest quiz grade will be dropped.

Final Exam: The final exam will be held as posted in the schedule of classes. No books nor electronic devices will be permitted during the exam. Please being your student id to the final exam.

Graded work: All graded assignments and quizzes will be returned during the discussion section. If you feel that there is an error with your grade, you must bring this to the attention of the TA before leaving the room with the assignment.

Grading: Your grade for the course will be based on your cumulative average at the end of the term, based on the more favorable of the following two weighting scales:

Participation Homework Quizzes Final Exam
4% 18% 38% 40%   or
4% 8% 18% 70%

The letter grade corresponding to your numerical average will be at least as good as indicated in the following table:

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

Participation: You will learn most from this course if you are actively engaged in classroom discussions, interact with the instructors during office hours, and seek help from each other both during and outside of class. To facilitate the classroom discussions during lecture, we will be using the clicker. You will receive full credit for any response to a clicker question, as the intended purpose is communication rather than assessment. However I will give some extra credit to your participation grade, based on the number of correct responses to clicker questions.
Please register your clickers on TritonEd.

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 academic integrity. All work submitted for this course must be your own. (You are encouraged to work together on homework, but must write up your own solutions to the problems.)

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