Math 31

Summer Term, 2004

Instructor: Prof. Kenneth Bogart

Office: 310 Bradley Hall

Office Hours: MW 11:15-12:00 MWF, Tue 2:00-3:30.

(Tue. Office hours will be 4:30-6:00 on July 13 and August 3.)

Course Hours MWF 10:00-11:05

X-hour: Th 12:00.


The details of course organization will be announced after the first meeting of the course when students give the instructor information about their background.  The Course Schedule will be developed as the course progresses, and is linked to this web page.  The book for the course is Contemporary Abstract Algebra, fifth edition, by Joseph Gallian.  We will cover portions of Parts one through four.  The selection of material will depend on the background of the students.


There will be regular homework, due Wednesdays.  The problems due for a given Wednesday will be posted as the class covers the relevant sections.  This means that students can expect to see problems added to a given Wednesday's homework on the preceding Wednesday, Friday, and Monday.  Students are strongly encouraged to do as many homework problems as they can before the class period after they are assigned.  Some homework exercises will be used later in the course.  The homework will count for 40% of the grade.  Assuming the assignment is turned in on time the first time, students will be able to resubmit solutions to problems they got wrong up to one week after the homework has been returned the first time. Resubmissions must be attached to the original homework paper and clearly marked as resubmissions.  Credit recorded on problems submitted for a second time will be 90% of the credit earned, except that students' homework scores will not be reduced. Since homework is due weekly, students should be able to plan well enough to be able to get homework in on time. Grading late homework will be the lowest priority for the homework grader, and if the grader has not been able to grade it before final exams, it may not get graded.  Even if it is graded, it will count only for 90% credit, and incorrect solutions may not be resubmitted.  Students facing a crisis should speak with the professor, in advance of the homework due date if at all possible, to discus the possibility of an excused late homework.  Excused late homework will be graded with the same priority as homework turned in on time.


There will be two exams, each counting for 15% of the grade, during the term and a final exam counting for 30% of the grade.  Each will have a significant take-home component and will probably have a classroom component.  The registrar has scheduled the classroom component of the final exam for August 29 at 11:30 AM.


Students will be on their honor not to discuss their work on an exam with another student until both have turned in their exams.  Students will be on their honor to consult no sources other than the instructor and, in the take-home component of the exam, the textbook and the student's own class notes for the course, on exams.  Students are encouraged to work together on homework problems.  However the draft of the homework that a student turns in should not be shown to another student until both students have turned in their homework for the final time.


A student with a documented disability needing academic adjustments or accommodations is requested to speak with Professor Bogart by the end of the second week of the term.  All discussions will remain confidential, although the Student Disabilities Coordinator may be consulted to verify the documentation of the disability and the appropriate accommodation.  If you are dealing with a condition that is interfering with your ability to work, it is better to consult with Professor Bogart or the Academic Skills Center, even if it arises for the first time after the second week of the term, than to ignore it.


Click here for the Course and Homework Schedule.