Math 3330: Abstract Algebra, Spring 2018


Basic Info

Instructor: Dr. Mark Tomforde
Office: 601 PGH
Office Hours: TuTh 3:00--3:50PM in 601PGH.
Lecture: TuTh 4:00--5:20PM in Room 104 of Agnes Arnold Hall (AH)
Syllabus: Download the Syllabus
Tutoring Session:
 
10AM-11AM on Tuesdays in MUSL (Fleming Basement, Room 11), run by Shahzad.
2PM-3PM on Wednesdays in MUSL (Fleming Basement, Room 11), run by Shahzad.
  Schedule for all tutoring in MUSL (Any tutor should be able to help you with Math 3330 material.)




Assignments

Homework #4, Due Thursday, February 15
Please turn in these problems.


Reading Assignment #3, to be done prior to class on Thursday, February 15
Chapter 5, Section "Definition and Notation"
Chapter 5, Section "Cycle Notation"
Chapter 5, Section "Properties of Permutations"


Homework #3, Due Thursday, February 8
Please turn in these problems.


Reading Assignment #2, to be done prior to class on Thursday, February 8
Chapter 3, Section "Terminology and Notation"
Chapter 3, Section "Subgroup Tests"
Chapter 3, Section "Examples of Subgroups"
Chapter 4, Section "Properties of Cyclic Groups"
Chapter 4, Section "Classification of Subgroups of Cyclic Groups"
For Fun: More info on Latin Squares


Homework #2, Due Thursday, February 1
Please turn in these problems. Be sure to follow the Homework Rules in the Syllabus, since you will lose points for each infraction. Also keep in mind that homework is late once I start lecturing on February 1, and late homework will not be accepted.


Reading Assignment #1, to be done prior to class on Thursday, February 1
Chapter 1, Section "Symmetries of a Square"
Chapter 1, Section "The Dihedral Groups"
Chapter 2, Section "Definition and Examples of Groups"
Chapter 2, Section "Elementary Properties of Groups"
Chapter 2, Section "Historical Note"

Also, the material in Chapter 0: Preliminaries should be familiar to you from your Transitions to Advanced Mathematics course. You should skim p.3-40 of the book, and read in detail any sections dealing with topics you don't feel comfortable with or believe you would benefit from review on.


Homework #1, Due Tuesday, January 23
Please complete and turn in this information sheet.


Dates of Exams

Exam 1: Tuesday, February 20 in class.
Exam 2: Tuesday, March 27 in class.
Final: Thursday, May 10, 5PM--8PM in our usual classroom.


Some Additional Resources

If this is one of your first proofs courses, you might find the following two guides useful:

Advanced mathematics courses are difficult, and you will be challenged in many ways throughout this course. Research has shown that the students that are the most successful are the ones who have two qualities: Growth Mindset and Grit. View, read, and watch the following resources on Growth Mindset and Grit. Throughout the course, do your best to keep these ideas in mind as you encounter difficult portions of the material.