Math 30701. Abstract Algebra
Fall 2019
Instructor: ChiKwong Li
Meeting time and place: TT 11:00  12:20. Morton 40
Office: Jones 128, Tel: 2212042
Email: ckli@math.wm.edu, http://cklixx.people.wm.edu
Office hours: TWR 9:00  10:30 a.m. 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.
Textbook:
Joseph Gallian,
Contemporary Abstract Algebra, 9th edition (or older editions)
ISBN13:
9781305657960
Homework
There will be a weekly homework set due on every Friday noon starting Sept. 25, 2019.
Homework help sessions will be conducted. (Wednesday 2:003:00 Jones 131.)
Of course, help is also available at office hours.
LaTex
You have to use LaTex to typset mathematical document,
an excellent skill to acquire.
 For window users,
(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 Sept. 12, 26. Oct. 31. Nov. 14. Dec. 5.
Exams: Midterm Oct. 10 1:20 hrs (11:0012:20)
Final Dec. 10 3 hrs (14:0017:00)
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 up to another 5%)
Class notes
Examination papers
Homework list