TITLE: Introductory Abstract Algeba 2

CLASS TIME and ROOM: TR 2:00pm-3:20pm, Forkas Alumni Center 103 (Boca Campus)

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: SE 217 MSC & 6-8028 (easier to contact me via email)

E-mail: ;

OFFICE HOURS: Tuesday after class, Thursday before class

PREREQUISITES: MAS 4304 or permission by instructor

CONTENT: A continuation of Introductory Abstract Algebra 1. Course covers basic structures of abstract and linear algebra, such as groups, rings and ideals, polynomials and factorization, vector spaces and modules, linear transformations, and the classical Galois theory of fields.
This is the second semester of a two semester sequence in Introductory Abstract Algebra.

During the year long sequence We will cover Chapters 1-5, 7-9, and 13-14 while excluding 9.6 and 14.9.

CLASS STRUCTURE: The class will be mostly run in a lecture style format though the instructor encourages discussions and questions concerning the material. Some days will be used for collaborative efforts. A detailed list will be kept on Blackboard and 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.

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. 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, one mid-term exam, and a final examination. The mid-term exam and final exam will take place during the regurlarly scheduled class time on the following dates unless otherwise noted.

Date Day Event
March 1st Thursday Mid-Term Exam
May 1st Tuesday, 1:15pm-3:45pm Final Exam
Each test/exam will be cummulative 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 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 promlems, tests, final exams, extra-credit problems, 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.

Collaboration and the Honor Code: You are expected to adhere to the Honor Code (see You must document all sources.

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.