COURSE SYLLABUS - MAT 4302 Honors Modern Algebra 2

TITLE: Honors Modern Algebra 2 CREDIT HOURS: 3

CLASS TIME and ROOM: TR 12:30-1:50pm, Room HC 11?

TEXT: A First Course in Abstract Algebra by John Fraleigh, 7th ed.

PROFESSOR: Dr. Warren Wm. McGovern

OFFICE & PHONE: HC 162

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

OFFICE HOURS: T 11:00-11:50, T 3:00-3:30, R 11:00-12:20pm and by appt.

CONTENT: A continuation of Honors Modern Algebra, MAS 4301. Covers basic structures of abstract algebra, such as groups, rings and ideals, fields, polynomials and factorization and the classical Galois theory of fields and equations.

CLASS STRUCTURE: The class will be run in a lecture style format.

ATTENDANCE POLICY: Regular attendance is expected. 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 6 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

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 occasional quizzes, homework, two tests, board presentations, student participation, projectand a final exam. The quizzes will either be announced or unannounced. The mid-term will take place during the regularly scheduled class time on the following dates. The most common examples of losing points (but not limited to) are not taking a quiz or test, not turning in the notes, not presenting, 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.
If a student misses 3 classes, the instructor has the right to drop the student's course grade by one letter grade. If a student misses 6 classes, the instructor has the right to drop the student's course grade by two letter grades, etc.

For a general sense of the course (this is an approximation): final 45%, two tests 30%, (homework, quizzes, and project) 20%, other 5%.

The official gradebook will be kept by the instructor. Blackboard will only be used for the recording of prominent and graded activities, e.g. tests scores.

EXAM SCHEDULE:

Date Day Event
February 25th Thursday Test 1
April 14th Thursday Test 2
April 28th Thursday Final Exam 10:30am-1:00pm
Each test/exam will be cumulative and knowledge of previous material is essential. The quizzes will cover material since the previous quiz. I will try to be as straightforward as possible with regards to the material covered on the quizzes and exams.

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

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 the Student Accessibility Services (SAS) -- in Boca Raton, SU 133 (561-297-3880); in Davie, LA 240 (954-236-1222); in Jupiter, SR 110 (561-799-8010); or at the Treasure Coast, CO 117 (772-873-3441) and follow all SAS procedures.

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.