Math 415A/515A - Introduction to Abstract Algebra

Fall 2016 - Section 1
MWF 11:00-11:50 am, Biol. Sci West 210 .

Instructor: K. Lux

Graduate TA: Angela Kraft.

Homework Assignments


Text: Contemporary Abtract Algebra by Joseph A. Gallian, 8th edition

Exams: There will be two midterm exams and a final exam. The midterm exams will be worth 100 points and the final exam will be worth 200 points.

The first midterm will be Friday, October 14th, the second midterm will be Friday, December 2nd, and the University has scheduled the final exam for Wednesday, December 14th, from 10:30 am - 12:30 pm, Biol. Sci. West Room 210.

Homework: Homework will be assigned regularly. Selected homework will be graded and a final score equivalent to one test, 100 points, will be assigned. Homework is an essential component of the course. Some homework problems will require the computer algebra system GAP, which can be downloaded for free from the GAP web site .

Additional requirement for MATH 515A: Together with the instructor graduate students taking 515A are required to choose a topic from the book not covered in class and present an oral summary to the instructor at the end of the semester. The topic should be chosen no later than October 30th and a total of up to 100 points will be assigned.

Attendance: Students are expected to attend every scheduled class, and to be familiar with the University Class Attendance policy as it appears in the General Catalog. It is the student's responsibility to keep informed of any announcements, syllabus adjustments or policy changes made during scheduled classes

Grades for 415A: The total number of points available on exams and homework is 500.

The point cutoffs for grades will be no higher than those set forth in the following table

400 points (80%) for A

350 points (70%) for B

300 points (60%) for C

250 points (50%) for D

Grades for 515A: The total number of points available on exams, homework, and the topic presented, is 600.

The point cutoffs for grades will be no higher than those set forth in the following table

480 points (80%) for A

420 points (70%) for B

360 points (60%) for C

300 points (50%) for D

For the following please also have a look at the registrar's web site :

An undergraduate student may withdraw from the course MATH 415A with a deletion from your enrollment record through September 4th using UAccess. A graduate student taking MATH 515A may withdraw from the course with a deletion from your enrollment record through September 22nd. A student may withdraw with a grade of W through October 30th using UAccess. The University allows withdraws after October 30th, but only via petition. Late withdrawal requests are dealt with on a case by case basis.

The grade of I will be awarded if all the following conditions are met:

1. The student has completed all but a small portion of the required work.

2. The student has scored at least 50% on the work completed.

3. The student has a valid reason for not completing the course on time.

4. The student agrees to make up the material in a short period of time.

5. The student asks for the incomplete before grades are due, 48 hours after the final exam.

K. Lux / Department of Mathematics / University of Arizona / last revised 18th of August, 2016