Final Exam Preparation

November 29, 2010

There are several venues for asking questions and reviewing for the final exam.

  • Monday Nov 29 Prof. Minnes' regular office hours 4pm-5:30pm
  • Wednesday Dec 1 Peter's regular office hours 12pm-2pm
  • Wednesday Dec 1 Brandon's regular office hours 2pm-3pm
  • Wednesday Dec 1 Prof. Minnes' regular office hours 4pm-5:30pm
  • Friday Dec 3 Peter's review session 12pm-2pm, location u413 1 (see a map to this room).
  • Monday Dec 6 Prof. Minnes' extra office hours 2:30pm-4:30pm

Final Exam

November 28, 2010

The final exam is scheduled for Tuesday, December 7 at 11:30am. This will be a three hour exam. It will be held in our usual lecture room, Peterson 102. You may not use any notes, books, or calculators during the exam. To prevent distraction and any appearance of cheating, all cell phones and similar electronic devices must be put away during exams. No make-up exams will be given.

The exam covers all the material from the course. An updated list of topics that may be covered has been posted on the handouts page. Note: From section 7.1, we only covered the first and second isomorphism theorems.

You may want to review the following:

  • All definitions from lecture and from the reading.
  • Statements of theorems and propositions (as well as the ideas of their proofs) proved in lecture and the reading.
  • All homework problems.
  • The examples of groups we studied.
For additional preparation, you may want to look at problem from the relevant sections in the textbook that were not assigned as part of homework. Recommended problems covering the material from Sections 3.8 and 7.1 that were not assigned for homework are on the homework page.

Revised grading scheme

November 28, 2010

As was announced in class last week, the final grading scheme has been adjusted to be more lenient. Your final score in the course will be computed as the highest of the following three schemes.

  • Homework 20%, each in-class exam 20%, and final exam 40%. Note: each homework score will be computed as a percentage out of (total available points - 1).
  • Each in-class exam 25% and the final exam 50%.
  • Final exam 100%.

Worksheets from Section

November 19, 2010

Handouts from the previous few discussion sections can be found on the handouts page.

Grades

November 11, 2010

The approximate grade distribution for the second exam is as follows.

  • Cutoff between A-range and B-range: approximately 43
  • Cutoff between B-range and C-range: approximately 35
  • Cutoff between C-range and fail: approximately 25.

Exam 2

November 1, 2010

The second in-class exam is scheduled for Monday, November 8. This will be a 50 minute exam. You may not use any notes, books, or calculators during the exams. To prevent distraction and any appearance of cheating, all cell phones and similar electronic devices must be put away during exams. No make-up exams will be given.

The exam covers the material up to and including HW6. That is, the material in Sections 3.1, 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 3.2, 3.3, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, and 3.4 of Beachy and Blair's textbook. More emphasis will be given to material covered since the first exam.

Some of you requested a list of topics that may be covered. On the handouts page, I've posted a guideline that you might find helpful while studying. It includes a list of many of the key notions we've defined, some central examples, and some named theorems that we've used often.

You may want to review the following:

  • All definitions from lecture and from the reading.
  • Statements and proofs of theorems and propositions (as well as the ideas of their proofs) proved in lecture and the reading.
  • All homework problems.
  • The examples of groups we studied.
For additional preparation, you may want to look at problem from the relevant sections in the textbook that were not assigned as part of homework.

Grades

October 22, 2010

The approximate grade distribution for the first exam is as follows.

  • Cutoff between A-range and B-range: approximately 35
  • Cutoff between B-range and C-range: approximately 25
  • Cutoff between C-range and fail: approximately 18.
Some of you have asked about curving of grades. The numerical scores on each assignment/ test will not be changed. Statistics for each homework assignment and the exam are available on webCT. When it comes time to assign letter grades, your grade in the course will be assigned based on your standing in the class.

Homework 4

October 19, 2010

Since the first exam was this week and probably cut into the time you had to work on homework, I've removed a couple of questions from this week's assignment. You can see the new assignment here. Also, notice that the addendum question has been slightly revised.

Homework 2

October 17, 2010

There appears to have been some confusion about whether question 1.1 9(b) was part of the assigned homework for Homework 2. Since this affected many of you, your homework 2 scores will now be recorded out of a maximum of 20 points (instead of a maximum of 22 points). That is, if your score was n/22 your new score is n/20.

Grading Questions

October 15, 2010

If you have any questions about the grading of the homework, please address them to the TAs. They do a careful job of consistently grading everyone's work and will be best able to answer questions about where you may have gone wrong in a solution and how to correct it.

Exam 1

October 8, 2010

The first in-class exam is scheduled for Monday, October 18. This will be a 50 minute exam. You may not use any notes, books, or calculators during the exams. To prevent distraction and any appearance of cheating, all cell phones and similar electronic devices must be put away during exams. No make-up exams will be given.

The exam covers the material up to and including HW3. That is, the material in Sections 3.1, 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, and (some of) 3.2 of Beachy and Blair's textbook.

You may want to review the following:

  • All definitions from lecture and from the reading.
  • Statements and proofs of theorems and propositions (as well as the ideas of their proofs) proved in lecture and the reading.
  • All homework problems.
  • The examples of groups we studied.
For additional preparation, you may want to look at problem from the relevant sections in the textbook that were not assigned as part of homework.

Homework Miscellany

October 6, 2010

Sample solutions to the first homework have been posted on the Assignments and Handouts page.

The homework assignments for week 3 and week 4 have also been updated. Note that the assignment for week 4 includes an addendum posted as a .pdf file.

First homework set

September 28, 2010

The first homework set is due this Friday, October 1. Make sure you read the relevant sections in the textbook and give yourself enough time to think about the problems.

If you have questions about the homework, you can attend any of the instructor or TA office hours (regardless of which section you're registered for). Also, you can reach us by email.

Welcome!

September 15, 2010

Welcome to 100A. This webpage will be your main source of information for this course. It will be updated frequently with announcements and assignments, so check back often.

The calendar on the Schedule and Syllabus page has the most up to date information on important dates for this course.

The Assignments and Handouts page contains a link to a document summarizing the course format and policies. It will also contain all homework assignments and any additional handouts.

Grades for homework and exams will be posted on webCT throughout the quarter.

Instructor: Prof. Mia Minnes

Office: AP&M 5121
Website: math.ucsd.edu/~minnes
Email: minnes@math.ucsd.edu
Office Hours:
M 4:00PM-5:30PM
and W 4:00PM-5:30PM
Lectures:
MWF 11:00AM-11:50AM
Peterson 102

Discussion Sections:

Brandon Meredith
Office: AP&M 6343
Email: mmeredit@math.ucsd.edu
Office Hours: W 2:00PM-3:00PM
Section A01: T 2:00PM-2:50PM
Warren Lecture Hall 2208

Peter Overholser
Office: AP&M 6446
Email: doverhol@math.ucsd.edu
Office Hours: W 12:00PM-2:00PM
Section A02: T 3:00PM-3:50PM
Warren Lecture Hall 2208

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