MATH 317-001 Fall 2014

**Introduction to Algebraic Systems**

2:20-3:40
TR

COHH 2117 3 credit
hours

**Instructor: ** Dr. Tom
Richmond COHH
3106 745-6219

tom.richmond@wku.edu http://people.wku.edu/tom.richmond

**Office Hours: 1:30**-2:30 Monday, 11:30-12:25 Wednesday, 10:00-11:00
Tuesday & Thursday
and by appointment

**Purpose of Course:** This
course serves not only as a starting point for continued study in the broad and
rich field of algebra, but also exposes the student to the methods of abstract
thought. While many of the
techniques utilized should be familiar to your from Math 310, here we will use
them for a sustained development of a single topic—algebraic
structures. Required of all
mathematics majors, this course should instill some of the Òmathematical
maturityÓ necessary for advanced studies in all areas of mathematics.

**Prerequisite:** Math 307
and Math 310 with grades of C or better.

**Attendance Policy:**
Registration in a course obligates the student to be regular and
punctual in class attendance. Three
or more unexcused absences from class may result in an "F" as final
course grade. A student absent from
class bears full responsibility for subject matter and announcements missed.

**Testing and Grading: ** Students
are responsible for material presented in class and the material in the
text. There will be three one-hour
in-class tests, each worth 100 points.
The comprehensive final exam, to be given at 1:00 Thursday, December 11,
is worth 125 points. There will be
up to 150 points of daily grades, consisting of homework, quizzes, or projects.
Grading will follow the 10-point scale.

**Text:** *Contemporary Abstract Algebra, 8 ^{th}
Ed. *Joseph A. Gallian.

Brooks/Cole Cengage Learning, 2013. ISBN-10: 1-133-59970-2 ISBN-13: 978-1-133-59970-8

**Course Outline: ** We will cover
selected topics from the first 25 chapters of the text. Additional material from the text or
other sources may be presented.

**Last Date to Withdraw/Audit: **October 15.

ÒIn
compliance with university policy, **students
with disabilities** who require accommodations (academic adjustments and/or
auxiliary aids or services) for this course must contact the Office for Student
Disability Services in DUC A-200 of the Student Success Center in Downing
University Center. Please DO NOT
request accommodations directly from the professor or instructor without a
letter of accommodation from the Office for Student Disability Services.Ó