General Information for Math 49 (3)
Introduction to Modern Algebra
Fall 2004

Important note:This course is one of three sections of math 49 this semester. While this section will cover the same material as the other two, it will use a different text and cover the material in a different order. Please make sure that you are attending the section in which you are enrolled and that you have the appropriate course material for the section you are in.

Instructor:My name is Thomas Hunter. My office in the mathematics department is Science Center 157. You can reach me by phone at 328-8244 or by email at

Office Hours: Tuesdays from 9:30 to 10:20 and Fridays from 2:30 to 4:00 and by appointment. You can be sure to find me in my office during office hours. Other times are often fine, but to be sure that I am available, you should make an appointment with me.

Text: Abstract Algebra: An Introduction, Second Edition, by Thomas W. Hungerford.

General Game Plan Our primary goal is to learn everything from the first eleven chapters of Hungerford. We must cover all of the first seven chapters. We may cover additional material beyond the first eleven chapters.

Meetings: 9:30–10:20 MWF in Science Center 149.

Homework: I will assign homework nearly every day in lecture and each week's worth of homework will be due in class the following Monday. I expect to have a grader for the course. The grader will be responsible for routine checking of weekly assignments. However, I will be responsible for the grading of exams of non-routine assignments and I will try to keep good track of the grader's work.

Exams: There will be a mid–term and a final exam. The midterm will be in class on Wednesday, October 20. The final will be scheduled by the registrar.

Grades: The final will be worth 200 points. The mid–term will be worth 100 points. The homework will be worth 100 points.

Clinic: Math Clinic will be run every evening which precedes a weekday, starting sometime in the first or second week of the semester. The Clinic is a great resource for all students---not just for those with difficulties. It is a place where you can work together with other students and know that help and encouragement are available whenever you need it.

Late work: Generally speaking late worl will never be accepted and exams may never be taken late. In the case of irreconcilable conflicts you may schedule an exam earlier than the official time, but make up exams will not be given after the regularly scheduled exam except for the most extraordinary circumstances.

Collaboration and Academic honesty: I strongly encourage you to seek out others to work with. Discussing ideas about how to solve a problem, comparing where you have gotten stuck, and comparing final numerical answers are all allowed and encouraged. Copying another student's work or an answer key is plagiarism. When an idea is not your own, always cite your source, even if your source was a discussion with another student, with a clinician or your professor, or your textbook. For example, you might begin your solution with the phrase. ``Following the method of the example on page 13, \dots ''. Generally speaking, you should try to make all of the words in your solutions your own, but in cases where it makes sense to quote another author, always mark the quotation as such and indicate the source. Faculty regulations require that I report every plagiarism incident to the College Judiciary Committee.

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