Math 30702: Abstract Algebra,
Spring 2017
Instructor: ChiKwong Li
Meeting time and place: TT 2:00  3:20 p.m. Jones 306
Office: Jones 128, Tel: 2212042
Email: ckli@math.wm.edu, http://cklixx.people.wm.edu
Office hours: TWT 11:00  12:00 or by
appointments.
Course description:
The goal of the course is to introduce the basic
concepts of (abstract) algebraic structure and techniques.
The course will cover Chapters 1  17 and selected material from
later chapters such as finite fields, and Cayley graphs,
of the following required textbook.

Joseph A. Gallian, Contemporary Abstract Algebra, Newest edition, Brooks/Cole, Boston, 2013.
http://www.amazon.com/ContemporaryAbstractAlgebraJosephGallian/dp/1133599702
Homework will be assigned every week and due the following Friday (noon).
Homework sessions will be conducted on Thursday, 3:304:30 p.m. Jones 113 or Jones 131.
Of coruse, help will also be available at the office hours.
You have to use LaTex to typset mathematical document,
an excellent skill to acquire. You may get the programs for free.
 For windows,
(a) download the MikTex program from http://miktex.org/download;
(b) then download the Texmaker program from http://www.xm1math.net/texmaker/download.html;
(c) then open the program "texmaker";
(d) copy (or download and then open) the "homework01.tex" file to the texmaker window;
(e) select "LaTex" from the "Quick Build" menu;
(f) click the "=>" arrow on the left of "Quick Buil" to get the pdf output.

For Mac users,
(a) download MacTex from http://tug.org/mactex/;
(b) open the "texshop" program,
(c) copy (or download and then open) the "homework01.tex" file to the texshop window;
(d) change "PlainTex" to "LaTex" at "Typeset" menu;
(e) click "Typeset" icon to get the pdf output.
 You may also use the online editor
Write LaTeX .
 Here is
a list of TeX commands for mathematics symbols.
Challenging problems will be assigned from time to time;
extracredits will be given to successful (or partially successful)
attempts.
Assessment
Quizzes (20 min. each) on Feb 2, 16, March 23, April 6, 20.
Exams: Midterm March 2 1:20 hrs (2:003:30 p.m.)
Final May 8 3 hrs (2:005:00 p.m.)
Grades (for homework, quizzes, exams, final grade, etc.):
%: 0  60  65  70  75  80  83  87  90  93  100
F D C C C+ B B B+ A A
Assessment: Homework Quizzes Midterm Final
20% 20% 25% 35%
(Extra credit problems may add another 5%)
Homework list
 Homework 1. Due: Jan 27, noon.
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 Homework 2. Due: Feb 3, noon.
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 Homework 3. Due: Feb 10, noon.
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 Homework 4. Due: Feb 17, noon.
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 Homework 5. Due: Feb. 24, noon.
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 Homework 6. Due: Mar. 17, noon.
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 Homework 7. Due: Mar. 24, noon.
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 Homework 8. Due: Mar. 31, noon.
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 Homework 9. Due: April 7, noon.
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 Homework 10. Due: April 14, noon.
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 Homework 11. Due: April 21, noon.
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 Homework 12. Due: April 28, noon.
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 Final Exam. (Take Home Component). Due: May 8, 5:00 p.m..
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Class notes (To be updated)
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