Math 101
Topics in Algebra
Last updated June 25, 2009 14:49:06 EDT

General Information Syllabus HW Assignments

General Information


Algebra by Serge Lang
(Available at Wheelock Books)

Scheduled Lectures

MWF 8:45 - 9:50
(x-hour) Th 9 - 9:50
108 Kemeny


Professor T. R. Shemanske
Office: 337 Kemeny Hall
Office Hours: here
Phone: 646 - 3179 or
e-mail (preferred)


There will be a "midterm examination" and a final examination; both will be takehome.

Homework Policy

The Honor Principle

On Homework: Students are encouraged to work together to do homework problems. What is important is a student's eventual understanding of homework problems, and not how that is achieved. The honor principle applies to homework in the following way. What a student turns in as a homework solution is to be his or her own understanding of how to do the problem. Students must state what sources they have consulted, with whom they have collaborated, and from whom they have received help. Students are discouraged from using solutions to problems that may be posted on the web, and as just stated, must reference them if they use them. The solutions you submit must be written by you alone. Any copying (electronic or otherwise) of another person's solutions, in whole or in part, is a violation of the Honor Code.

On Exams: Students may not receive assistance of any kind from any source (living, published, electronic, etc), except the professor, and may not give assistance to anyone. Matters of clarification are to be left to the professor.

If you have any questions as to whether some action would be acceptable under the Academic Honor Code, please speak to me, and I will be glad to help clarify things. It is always easier to ask beforehand.


The course grade will be based upon the scores on the midterm exam, homework, and the final exam as follows:

Midterm Exam 100 points
Homework 100 points
Final Exam 150 points
Total 350 points


Students with disabilities who will be taking this course and may need disability-related classroom accommodations are encouraged to make an appointment to see their instructor as soon as possible. Also, they should stop by the Academic Skills Center in Collis Center to register for support services.

Thomas R. Shemanske
Last updated June 25, 2009 14:49:06 EDT