Math 103A: Modern Algebra I

Section B (Novak)

Announcements

Sep 28, 2017 Please note that Math 103A B00 lectures were moved from SOLIS 104 to HSS 1330

Course Information

Instructional staff

NameRoleOfficeOffice HoursE-mail
Jonathan Novak Instructor APM 7157 Mon 2:30PM jinovak@ucsd.edu
Zachary Higgins Teaching Assistant SDSC 104E Mon 3:00PM-5:00PM, Thu 4:00PM-6:00PM Zachary Higgins
Zachary Higgins Teaching Assistant SDSC 104E Mon 3:00PM-5:00PM, Thu 4:00PM-6:00PM Zachary Higgins
Jun Lau Teaching Assistant APM 6446 Tue 9:00AM-11:00AM Jun Lau
Thanakorn Prinyasart Teaching Assistant APM 5748 Tue, Thu 12:00PM-1:00PM Thanakorn Prinyasart

We will be communicating with you and making announcements through an online question and answer platform called Piazza (sign up link: piazza.com/ucsd/fall2017/math103a). We ask that when you have a question about the class that might be relevant to other students, you post your question on Piazza instead of emailing us. That way, everyone can benefit from the response. Posts about homework or exams on Piazza should be content based. While you are encouraged to crowdsource and discuss coursework through Piazza, please do not post complete solutions to homework problems there. Questions about grades should be brought to the instructors, in office hours. You can also post private messages to instructors on Piazza, which we prefer over email.



Class Meetings

DateTimeLocation
Lecture B00 (Novak) Monday, Wednesday, Friday1:00PM-1:50PMHSS 1330
Discussion B01 (Prinyasart) Thursday2:00PM-2:50PMAPM 5402
Discussion B02 (Higgins) Thursday3:00PM-3:50PMAPM 5402
Discussion B03 (Lau) Thursday1:00PM-1:50PMAPM 5402
Discussion B04 (Higgins) Thursday8:00PM-8:50PMAPM 6402
Quiz October 161:00PMHSS 1330
Mid-term exam November 31:00PMHSS 1330
Final exam December 1111:30AMTBA

Syllabus


Course:  Math 103A
Title:  Modern Algebra I
Credit Hours:  4  
Prerequisite:  Math 31CH or Math 109. The most important informal requirement is a willingness to study rigorous mathematics and proof techniques.
Catalog Description:   See the UC San Diego Course Catalog.
Textbook: Groups and Symmetry, by Mark A. Armstrong
Subject Material:  We will cover parts of chapters I, II, III of the text.
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.

Course calendar


Week Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
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Sep 25
Sep 26
Sep 27
Sep 28
Sep 29
Lecture 0
1
Oct 2
Lecture 1
Oct 3
Oct 4
Lecture 2
Oct 5
Discussion
Oct 6
Lecture 3
2
Oct 9
Lecture 4
Oct 10
Oct 11
Lecture 5
Oct 12
Discussion
Oct 13
Lecture 6
3
Oct 16
Quiz
Oct 17
Oct 18
Lecture 7
Oct 19
Discussion
Oct 20
Lecture 8
4
Oct 23
Lecture 9
Oct 24
Oct 25
Lecture 10
Oct 26
Discussion
Oct 27
Lecture 11
5
Oct 30
Lecture 12
Oct 31
Nov 1
Lecture 13
Nov 2
Discussion
Nov 3
Mid-term exam
6
Nov 6
Lecture 14
Nov 7
Nov 8
Lecture 15
Nov 9
Discussion
Nov 10
Veteran's Day
7
Nov 13
Lecture 16
Nov 14
Nov 15
Lecture 17
Nov 16
Discussion
Nov 17
Lecture 18
8
Nov 20
Lecture 19
Nov 21
Nov 22
Lecture 20
Nov 23
Thanksgiving
Nov 24
Thanksgiving
9
Nov 27
Lecture 21
Nov 28
Nov 29
Lecture 22
Nov 30
Discussion
Dec 1
Lecture 23
10
Dec 4
Lecture 24
Dec 5
Dec 6
Lecture 25
Dec 7
Discussion
Dec 8
Lecture 26
11
Dec 11
Final exam
Dec 12
Dec 13
Dec 14
Dec 15

Course Details


Homework:  we will have homework sets due every Friday. Homework is a very important part of the course and in order to fully master the topics it is essential that you work carefully on every assignment and try your best to complete every problem.

Quiz:  there will a single quiz given during the quarter.  See above for the dates and times of the quiz.   You must bring a blue book to the quiz.   You may bring one 8.5 by 11 inch sheet of paper with handwritten notes (on both sides) with you to the quiz; no other notes (or books) will be allowed.  No calculators, phones, or other electronic devices will be allowed during the quiz.
There will be no makeup quiz.

Midterm Exam:  there will a single midterm exam given during the quarter.  See above for the dates and times of the midterm exam.   You must bring a blue book to the exam.   You may bring one 8.5 by 11 inch sheet of paper with handwritten notes (on both sides) with you to the midterm exam; no other notes (or books) will be allowed.  No calculators, phones, or other electronic devices will be allowed during the midterm exam.
There will be no makeup midterm exam.

Final Examination:  The final examination will be held at the date and time stated above.

Administrative Links:    Here are two links regarding UC San Diego policies on exams:

Administrative Deadline:  Your scores for all graded work will be posted to TritonEd.

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
Your cumulative average will be the best of the following two weighted averages: Note: Since there are no makeup tests, if you miss the Quiz the Final Exam will carry an additional 10% weight, and if you miss the Midterm the Final will carry an additional 25% weight. There are no exceptions; this grading scheme is intended to accommodate emergencies.

Academic Integrity:  UC San Diego's code of academic integrity outlines the expected academic honesty of all studentd and faculty, and details the consequences for academic dishonesty. The main issues are cheating and plagiarism, of course, for which we have a zero-tolerance policy. (Penalties for these offenses always include assignment of a failing grade in the course, and usually involve an administrative penalty, such as suspension or expulsion, as well.) However, academic integrity also includes things like giving credit where credit is due (listing your collaborators on homework assignments, noting books or papers containing information you used in solutions, etc.), and treating your peers respectfully in class. In addition, here are a few of our expectations for etiquette in and out of class.

Accommodations:

Students requesting accommodations for this course due to a disability must provide a current Authorization for Accommodation (AFA) letter issued by the Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD) which is located in University Center 202 behind Center Hall. Students are required to present their AFA letters to Faculty (please make arrangements to contact me privately) and to the OSD Liaison in the department in advance (by the end of Week 2, if possible) so that accommodations may be arranged. For more information, see here.


Problem sets

Problem SetPostedDue  
8 Tue, Nov 28, 2017 Mon, Dec 4, 2017, 4:00PM
7 Tue, Nov 21, 2017 Mon, Nov 27, 2017, 4:00PM
6 Mon, Nov 13, 2017 Mon, Nov 20, 2017, 4:00PM
5 Mon, Nov 06, 2017 Mon, Nov 13, 2017, 4:00PM
4 Sat, Oct 21, 2017 Fri, Oct 27, 2017, 4:00PM
3 Sat, Oct 14, 2017 Fri, Oct 20, 2017, 4:00PM
2 Sat, Oct 7, 2017 Fri, Oct 13, 2017, 4:00PM
1 Sat, Sep 30, 2017 Fri, Oct 6, 2017, 4:00PM