Professor: Rosa C. Orellana
Lectures: MWF 11:15-12:20 in Kemeny 004
X-hour: Tuesdays 12:00-12:50 in Kemeny 004
Office Hours: Mon. & Wed. 1:30 - 2:30 PM
Tues. & Thurs. 10:00-11:30 AM
Office: Kemeny Hall 319
email: firstname.middleinitial.lastname "at" dartmouth.edu
First day of classes is Sept. 22, 2010
Recommended Textbook: Abstract Algebra
by Dummit and Foote, 3rd edition
Grades, Homework, and Exam information:
The final grade for the course will be based on weekly homework assignments (30%), one midterm (30%)
and one final exam (40%) (both in-class exams).
Homework will be assigned weely and it will be posted in the homework page. It will be collected
every Tuesday during the x-hour.
Graduate students will present solutions during the x-hour.
I would strongly prefer that homework be typed in latex. If homework is handwritten
it must be written neatly, otherwise I will return it ungraded.
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.
Moreover, if in working with someone they have provided you with an important idea or approach,
they should be explicitly given credit in your writeup. Hints I give in office hours need not be
cited. Note: It is not sufficient to annotate your paper with a phrase like
``I worked with Joe on all the problems.'' Individual ideas are to be credited at each instance;
they represent intellectual property.
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.
Disabilities and Religious Observances:
I encourage any students with disabilities, including "invisible" disabilities such as chronic
diseases and learning disabilities, to discuss appropriate accommodations with me, which might
help you with this class, either after class or during office hours. Dartmouth College has an
active program to help students with disabilities, and I am happy to do whatever I can to help
out, as appropriate.
Any student with a documented disability requiring academic adjustments or accommodations is
requested to speak with me by the end of the second week of the term. All discussions will remain
confidential, although the Academic Skills Center may be consulted to verify the documentation of
the disability and advise on an appropriate response to the need. It is important, however, that
you talk to me soon, so that I can make whatever arrangements might be needed in a timely fashion.
Some students may wish to take part in religious observances that occur during this academic term.
If you have a religious observance that conflicts with your participation in the course, please meet
with me before the end of the second week of the term to discuss appropriate accommodations.
Updated Sept. 16, 2010 by R. Orellana