Math 31, Winter 2005

Topics in Algebra

General Information Syllabus Homework Assignments Exam Related Class Material

General Information

Textbook Scheduled Lectures Contact Information Examinations
Homework Policy Grades Honor Principle Disabilities


Contemporary Abstract Algebra (5th edition) by Joseph A. Gallian, Houghton Mifflin Company.
(available at Wheelock Books)

Scheduled Lectures
Contact Information

Please notice the change in the classroom location
Instructor Alexander Shumakovitch
Classroom 101 Bradley Hall
Lecture (MWF) 10:00 – 11:05
X-hour Th 12:00 – 12:50
Office 402 Bradley Hall
Office Hours TuF 6:00 – 7:00pm; Th 1:00 – 2:00pm
or by appt.
Phone 646-1614
E-mail BlitzMail


There will be two 50-minute quizzes scheduled during X-hours, one take-home midterm and the take-home final exam. The quizzes and exams are scheduled as follows:

Exam Date Time
Quiz 1 January 20, Thursday 12:00 – 12:50pm (X-hour)
Midterm February 2, Wednesday due February 7, Monday
Quiz 2 February 24, Thursday 12:00 – 12:50pm (X-hour)
Final March 12, Saturday due March 16, Wednesday

You will have the whole final examination period to work on the final take-home exam, though it should not require more than a few hours if you know the material. You are expected to work alone on the exams. If the exam is take-home, then you may use any printed matter (or your class notes) of your choice but you may not consult one another or other humans. If the exam is in-class, then you cannot use any book or class notes, unless explicitly allowed to do so. The honor principle applies.

If you have a legitimate conflict with the exams dates and times, please contact the instructor as soon as possible, do not wait until shortly before the exam.

Note. Exams will not be given early to accommodate travel plans.

Homework Policy

The homework scores not only count count towards your final grade and allow you to practice and refine your skills but, historically, those students who do the homework sets regularly fair better on the exams.


The course grade will be based upon the scores on the two quizzes, midterm and final exams, and homework.

Two Quizzes 60 points each
Midterm Exam 100 points
Final Exam 150 points
80 points
Total 450 points

The Honor Principle


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.