MATH 317-001 Spring
2013

**Introduction to Algebraic Systems**

8:00
– 8:55 MWF

SH B102 3 credit hours

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

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

**Office Hours: ** MWF 1:30-2:30; TR 8:30-9:20

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 8:00 Friday, May 10, 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:** *Modern Algebra: An Introduction. 6 ^{th} Editon. *

John R. Durbin, John Wiley
& Sons, Inc. 2009. ISBN
978-0470-38443-5.

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

**Last Date to Withdraw/Audit: **March 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