|Course||MATH 320: Abstract Algebra I
|Instructor||K G Valente / 206 McGregory Hall / x.7247 / firstname.lastname@example.org
|Office hours||M 8.30 - 9.20; Tu 2.20 - 3.10; Th 10.20 - 11.10 or by
|Required text||Saracino, Abstract
Algebra: A First Course
Coursework. A list of
suggested exercises is set for each section of the text that we'll
cover; this list is maintained on the session
calendar. Of these, you'll only be required to submit
selected exercises that will constitute 20% of your grade. Some
of these will be individual
submissions, and others will be the result of group work.
Athough I would encourage you to work with others in this course,
individual submissions are meant to reflect your own efforts.
You'll have two opportunities to receive credit for exercises submitted
individually. That is, if your first submission is not considered
to be satisfactory, you'll be able to resubmit your work for
this level, coursework requires constant attention
and, often, repeated efforts. Don't expect to get through an
exercise the first time you attempt it! To encourage you to work
exercises continously throughout the semester, at least one individual
will be collected at essentially every session. Appropriate collection dates will be
maintained on the session calendar, and
you'll need to pay careful attention to these!
that individual submission conform to the following standards:
Learning to writing mathematics in
and correct manner is a fundamental objective of this course.
Consequently, I will stop
reading any submission at the first instance of an incoherent,
or incorrect sentence.
Group work. During
the first week of the semester, I'll divide the class into six 
groups. Once determined, these groups will be listed on the main course webpage. Each group will be
required to complete four  exercises during the
semester. Each exercise will be discussed by the group in
my office at an appropriately scheduled meeting. The group will
then be responsible for submitting a written record of its work that
will be posted to the course webpage. Arrangements for group
meetings will be made by email, but due dates for group submissions
will be found on the session calendar.
Exams. Four two-hour
exams will represent the remaining 80% of the course grade and be given
during the semester as follows:
Other Important Dates.
28 January: Last day to Add/Drop
record S/U grade options
24 March: Last day to Withdraw
Last revised: 1 January 2004. Questions to: email@example.com
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