MATH 3140-002 (Abstract Algebra 1)

MATH 3140-002, Fall 2020
Instructor: Dr Green
Venue: MWF 11.30am, MAIN 150
Office: Zoom Meeting ID 977 9848 5789; see me for the password.
Email: rmg [AT]
Office Hours: MWF 10.20-11.10, or by appointment
A first course in abstract algebra, 7th ed (John B. Fraleigh)
MATH 2001 and MATH 2135 (or 2130, 3130, or 3135)
Course Contents
Studies the elementary theory of groups, rings, fields, polynomials, group and ring homomorphisms, and isomorphisms. We will cover up to Section 27, plus Section 34, with the exception of Sections 12, 16, 17, 24, 25.
Your grade will be computed from:
Students will obtain the full 5% for class conduct by default. Points may be deducted for repeated unexcused absences.
Due to the uncertainty of the current situation, it may be necessary to change the way the course is assessed after it has started, including changing the weightings of the components of the course.
When determining your letter grade, I will take into account (a) your attendance and punctuality, (b) the effort you put into the course and (c) your improvement during the course.
To get a good grade in this course, you should do the following:
All tests will be open book exams. You will be allowed to use calculators, formula sheets, notes, and books. You will not be allowed to use other people or the internet as resources. You must show all steps in your work.
The first midterm is an open book exam, which will be assigned on Friday October 9 and due on Friday October 16 at the beginning of class, via Canvas. You may download it from the Canvas site, or from here.
The second midterm will be an open book exam, which will be assigned on approximately Wednesday October 28. You may download it from the Canvas site, or from here.
The final will be an open book exam, which will be due on Sunday, December 13, 2020 at 4pm, which is the end of the officially designated examination time.
The first midterm may be something like this.
The second midterm may be something like this.
The final may be something like this.
Homework is due at the beginning of class. Some, but not all of the problems will be graded. Justify all your answers. You should assume that late work will not be graded.
When classes are remote, homework should be submitted via Canvas at
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Missed Exams
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In order to be excused from an exam for medical reasons, you must either produce a note from a doctor, or you must obtain prior permission from the instructor to miss the exam. Self diagnosis and self medication are acceptable for this purpose only if you think you may have COVID-19.
Religious Holidays
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In the case of conflicts with exams, if you do not inform your instructor of the conflict at least two classes in advance of the exam, you must provide documentary evidence of the religious obligation.
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Homework assignments

Assignment 1 (assigned Mon 24 Aug, due Mon 31 Aug)
Section 1: 25, 26, 31, 32, 35, 36, 37
Section 2: 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 24
Assignment 2 (assigned Mon 31 Aug, due Wed 9 Sep)
Section 3: 2, 3, 11, 12
Section 4: 1, 2, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 19, 25
Assignment 3 (assigned Wed 9 Sep, due Mon 14 Sep)
Section 5: 9, 10, 11, 12, 22, 23, 39, 44
Section 6: 5, 6, 9, 10, 17, 18, 20, 21, 32
Assignment 4 (assigned Mon 14 Sep, due Mon 21 Sep)
Section 7: 1, 2, 7, 8, 10
Section 8: 1, 2, 6, 9, 20, 32, 33, 34
Assignment 5 (assigned Mon 21 Sep, Mon 28 Sep)
Section 9: 1, 2, 7, 8, 10, 11, 23, 24
Assignment 6 (assigned Fri 25 Sep, due Fri 2 Oct)
Section 10: 1, 2, 6, 7, 12, 15, 19
Section 11: 1, 2, 14, 20, 23, 24, 46
Assignment 7 (assigned Fri 2 Oct, due Fri 9 Oct)
Section 13: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 25, 26, 32
Assignment 8 (assigned Fri 9 Oct, due Mon 19 Oct, via Canvas)
Section 14: 5, 6, 11, 12, 23
Section 15: 1, 2, 3, 6, 13, 19, 22, 23, 30, 31
Assignment 9 (assigned Mon 19 Oct, due Mon 26 Oct)
Section 18: 4, 5, 11, 12, 13, 15, 17, 18, 23, 33 [give lots of detail for 11 and 12]
Assignment 10 (assigned Mon 26 Oct, due Mon 2 Nov)
Section 19: 2, 3, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 23
Assignment 11 (assigned Mon 2 Nov, due Mon 9 Nov)
Section 20: 2, 4, 5, 8, 10, 13, 14, 23, 24
Section 21: 1, 2, 4, 5 [give lots of detail for 1 and 2]
Assignment 12 (assigned Mon 9 Nov, due Fri 20 Nov)
Section 22: 3, 4, 8, 9, 12, 13, 16, 18, 20, 22, 23
Section 23: 1, 2, 6, 9, 12, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19, 25
Assignment 13 (assigned Fri 20 Nov, due Wed 25 Nov)
Section 26: 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17
Assignment 14 (assigned Wed 25 Nov, due Fri 4 Dec)
Section 27: 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19
Section 34: 1, 2, 4, 5, 7