Math 425-001  Abstract Algebra Fall 2012

Instructor: Dr. Michael Penkava Office: 622 Hibbard
Phone: (715) 836-4970 Fax: (715) 836-2924
Class Time: 3:00-3:50pm MWF Place: 309 Hibbard

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Text: "Introduction to Abstract Algebra", Third Edition,   W. Keith Nicholson

Prerequisites: A passing grade in Math 324.
Course Outline: Chapters 1-5 and chapter 7.

Grading: Grade based on homework and quizzes, three exams, and a final exam, as well as a special project assignment, on a subject to be chosen in consultation with the instructor.  Projects may be done as an individual work, or as a collaboration with other members of the class.  

Method 1
: Each exam 15%, Final Exam 15%, Homework and Quizzes 25%, Special Project 15%.

Method 2
: Best two exams 20% each, Final Exam 20%, Homework and Quizzes 25%, Special Project 15%.

Office hours:  Office hours will be announced, but I will be happy to see
you by appointment as well.

Homework: Homework will be assigned weekly. You may work together on the homework problems, but the paper you turn in should be your own writing, reflecting your own understanding of the problem, and therefore I do not expect to see identical solutions. It is expected that students will read the topic to be discussed in class before the class meeting, so that I will expect students to be familiar with the terminology introduced in the section, and may include questions regarding the reading assigment on quizzes. Students will be expected to prepare a glossary of terms, which they may use as a reference when taking quizzes.

Liberal Education Learning Goals: This course will address the following liberal education learning goals: UW Eau Claire students will develop a depth of knowledge about the natural world, UW-Eau Claire students will develop and use critical thinking skills in academic and social contexts, and UW-Eau Claire students will effectively write, read, speak and listen in academic and social contexts.

Additional Requirements for 625:  For  graduate level students, the expectations of the project will be higher, reflecting the student's more advanced knowledge of mathematics.

Any student who has a disability and is in need of classroom accommodations, please contact the instructor and the Services for Students with Disabilities Office in Old Library 2136 at the beginning of the semester.

I consider any academic misconduct in this course as a serious offense, and I will pursue the strongest possible academic penalties for such behavior. The disciplinary procedures and penalties for academic misconduct are described in the UW-Eau Claire Student Services and Standards Handbook ( in the section titled, “Chapter UWS 14Student Academic Disciplinary Procedures.