COURSE SYLLABUS - MAS 4301H

TITLE: Honors Modern Algeba CREDIT HOURS: 3

CLASS TIME and ROOM: TR 12:30pm-1:50pm, HC 115

TEXT: Abstract Algebra 3rd ed. David S. Dummitt & Richard M. Foote, 2004 (ISBN 978-0-471-43334-7)

PROFESSOR: Dr. Warren Wm. McGovern

OFFICE & PHONE: HC 101 & 6-8028 (easier to contact me via email)

E-mail: warren.mcgovern@fau.edu ; http://home.fau.edu/wmcgove1/web/

OFFICE HOURS: By appointment and Tuesdays and Thursdays 11:00-12:15pm

PREREQUISITES: MAS 2103 or permission by instructor

CONTENT: Elementary number theory. Groups, rings and ideals, polynomials, and fields.
This is the first semester of a two semester sequence in Modern Algebra. We will spend most of our time working on groups and a little bit of rings.

CLASS STRUCTURE: The class will be run mostly in a lecture style format. The instructor always encourages discussions and questions concerning the material. Some days will be used for collaborative efforts. A detailed list of HW problems will be kept on on my webpage. Though the homework will only occassionally be collected and graded, the student is expected to do all the problems as this will aid in the student's understanding of the material. Please feel free to come to office hours if you have additional questions about the homework.

RECORDING: I will be recording the class using a video recorder and will be posting the class on youtube on a private channel. If you are interested in watching the videos you will need to sign up with youtube and share with me your email address so that I can "share" the site with you. I would like to add that I am not sure of the quality of the videos. I will try my best but I am not sure they will be any good.

ATTENDANCE POLICY: Regular attendance is expected. The student should be aware that missing one day of class is equivalent to missing a week's worth of class relative to a fall/spring semester. If a student misses a class meeting it is his/her responsibility to obtain the class notes either from another student or from the instructor during regularly scheduled office hours. However, the latter usually means the student will be given the sections that were covered. If a student has 3 unexcused absences, the instructor has the right to drop the student's course grade by one letter grade. If a student misses 5 classes, the instructor has the right to drop the student's course grade by two letter grades, etc. All tests will be taken as scheduled, unless prior arrangements are made, with at least 48 hours of advance notice. I, and only I, have the right to agree to giving a makeup test. All exams will be taken as scheduled, unless prior arrangements are made, with at least 48 hours of advance notice. I, and only I, have the right to agree to giving a makeup exam.

EXAM SCHEDULE: There will be some pop quizzes, two tests, and a final examination. The two tests and final exam will take place during the regurlarly scheduled class time on the following dates unless otherwise noted.

Date Day Event
October 5th Thursday Test 1
November 16 Thursday Test 2
December 7th Thursday, 10:30am-1:00pm Final Exam
Each test/exam will be cummulative and knowledge of previous material is essential. Each quiz will cover material since the prior quiz. I will try to be as straightforward as possible with regards to the material covered over the quizzes, tests, and exam.

EVALUATION: Throughout the course the student will have opportunities to gain and lose points. The most common examples of gaining points (but not limited to) are through the pop quizzes, homework assignments, tests, final exams, extra-credit problems, a review of a scholarly article, and class participation. The most common examples of losing points (but not limited to) are not taking a quiz, test, or final, or an unsatisfactory attendance record. At the end of the semester if the student's (net) point total is greater than or equal to 90% of the total possible number of points then the student will have earned an A. The rest of the grades are as follows 80%-90% B, 70%-80% C, 60%-70% D, below 60% F.

POLICY ON ACCOMMODATIONS: In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), students who require reasonable accommodations due to a disability to properly execute coursework must register with Student Accessibility Services (SAS) and follow all SAS procedures in Boca Raton, SU 131 (561-297-3880); in Davie, LA 131 (954-236-1222); in Jupiter and all Northern Campuses, SR 111F (561-799-8585) and follow all SAS procedures.

CODE OF ACADEMIC INTEGRITY POLICY STATEMENT: Students at Florida Atlantic University are expected to maintain the highest ethical standards. Academic dishonesty is considered a serious breach of these ethical standards, because it interferes with the university mission to provide a high quality education in which no student enjoys an unfair advantage over any other. Academic dishonesty is also destructive of the university community, which is grounded in a system of mutual trust and places high value on personal integrity and individual responsibility. Harsh penalties are associated with academic dishonesty. For more information, see University Regulation 4.001.

Collaboration and the Honor Code: You are expected to adhere to the Honor Code (see HC Honor Code and FAU Honor Code).

DISCLAIMER: The instructor reserves the right to change/alter/add/delete any statement from this syllabus in hopes of creating a more enjoyable/equitable course.