Title: College Algebra with Applications
Instructor: Professor Joel M. Cohen
Office: MTH 2313, Telephone: (301)405-5109
Home phone: (202)546-1823.
Class Time:
T-Th 11:00 am-12:15 pm
Location: EGR 0135
Book: Contemporary Abstract Algebra, seventh
edition, by Joseph Gallian, 2010, Houghton Mifflin, ISBN-13: 978-0-547-16509-0
Web Program supplement: There is a useful set of software
programs that will help in understanding the homework problems. It can be
found at Gallian's
web site.
Office Hours: T-Th
10:00-10:50 Occasionally, it may be
necessary to change this time, so let me know if you are planning to
see me. Feel free
to ask for an appointment at a different if you cannot see me
during
those
hours. You can also send me email. I will answer queries as quickly as
possible
during office hours, and as time permits otherwise.
Tutoring: T-W-Th 1:00-2:00 Mr. Manjit
Bhatia will be tutoring Math 403, M,T,W,Th 1-2 and Monday and Wednesday
11-12. He is in room 4413 in
the Math Building. His email is mbhatia@math.umd.edu. To
schedule an appointment, choose an appropriate time slot and send an
email including the day/time that you would like to come, your
course/text, a list of problems/topics that you would like to discuss.
Normally, you will get a response within 24 hours either to confirm
your appointment or to suggest an alternate time. This schedule
is subject to change. Please check these websites for updates: http://www.math.umd.edu/undergraduate/resources/tutoring_schedule_Spring_11.pdf
http://www.math.umd.edu/undergraduate/resources
Math 403
is the more theoretical of the two
upper-level undergraduate abstract algebra courses at the University of
Maryland, and is designed for students planning to do graduate work in
mathematics. It will
cover the basics of groups, rings, integral domains and
fields. Students who have already had Math 406 will find some of the
topics very famliar and some of the work easier. On the other
hand, those who take Math 406 after having taken Math 403 will find
Math 406 somewhat easier.
Makeup exams will not
be given. If you have an excused absence for an exam, the
grade will be replaced by 1/2 of the average of the other two exam
grades. If you have taken all three exams, the lowest grade
will count for half. Excused absences will be given only for
valid medical reasons, University business, or appearances in
court. Excused homework will not be used in computing
the final grade. Any unexcused absences on exams (including the
final) or unexcused late homework
will be counted as zero. Any student with
a valid reason to be excused from an exam must contact before
the exam or immediately after, either by email or by phone,
and present documentation
at
the next class session attended. Any student who needs to be
excused
for a religious observance should let me know as soon as
possible, but in any case no later than the end of the schedule
adjustment period.
Homework: Homework problems from the text are listed
below. Homework will be due each Monday
and will be on
everything covered the previous week. Requested problems will be
discussed in class - after the homework is collected, if they are
assigned problems. Note that the odd numbered problems are done
at the back of the book. Try doing the odd numbered problems
without looking. For the even numberede problems, if you are
stuck, try looking at the answer to an odd numbered problem that is
similar.
Grading: A total of 550 points is available in the course:
Three hour exams (100 points, lowest counts half) | 250 | |
Final | 200 | |
Homework | 100 | |
Total | 550 |
Quality: The quality of presentation of solutions will be
taken seriously in this course in the grading of tests and quizzes.
The schedule of exams follows:
Thursday, February 24 | Test I |
Thursday, March 24 |
Test II |
Thursday, April 28 |
Test III |
Thursday, May 12 (8:00-10:00 am) | Final |
A tentative schedule of homework follows. There may be changes made as the semester
progresses.
Page | Problems | |
Chapter 0 | 23 | 4, 8, 11, 12, 14, 22, 30, 46, 48 |
Chapter 1 | 37 | 1,2,3,13, 15 |
Chapter 2 | 53 | 2, 3, 6, 8, 12, 19, 25, 31 |
Chapter 3 | 67 | 2, 7, 16, 18, 28, 38, 45, 51 |
Chapter 4 | 82 |
4, 10, 14, 22, 30, 38, 51, 63 |
Chapter 5 | 112 | 1, 3, 5, 8, 16, 19, 28, 36, 41, 46 |
Chapter 6 | 132 | 2, 7, 10, 17, 24, 27, 35, 40 |
Chapter 7 | 148 | 1, 6, 15, 21, 26, 36, 39, 46 |
Chapter 8 | 165 | 1, 2, 8, 15, 25, 38, 52 |
Chapter 9 | 191 | 1, 10, 12, 27, 32, 35, 37, 44, 48, 53, 54, 62, 67 |
Chapter 10 | 210 | 1, 6, 12, 13, 18, 26, 35, 36, 42, 53 |
Chapter 11 | 225 | 1, 2, 7, 11, 15, 20, 25, 28, 29 |
Chapter 12 | 240 | 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 17, 18, 25, 39, 42 |
Chapter 13 | 254 | 2, 5, 17, 20, 24, 31, 42, 52 |
Chapter 14 |
269 |
4, 13, 28, 33, 51 |
Chapter 15 |
287 |
10, |
Chapter 16 | 298 | 3, 11, 17, 27, 32, 42 |
Chapter 17 | 315 | 1, 3, 4, 14, 25, 32 |
Chapter 18 | 333 | 1, 7, 9, 13, 21, 34 |
Chapter 20 | 365 | 2, 7, 13, 27 |
Chapter 21 | 377 | 8, 16, 24 |
Chapter 22 | 388 | 1, 7, 12, 25, 30 |
Chapter 23 | 394 | 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 11, 13, 18, 20 |
§ Changes in the program are possible. The Math 403 WEB PAGE (jcohen.me/403) will be kept up-to-date as changes are made.
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