General Information

Instructor and Scheduled Lectures

Instructor Melanie Dennis (Section 01)
Lecture MWF 2:10 - 3:15
x-Hour Thursday, 1:20-2:10
Classroom Kemeny 007
Office Hours Mondays 4-5:15, Wednesdays 11:30-12:30, and Thursdays 4-5:15
Office 243 Kemeny


Math 22 or Math 24


"A Book of Abstract Algebra", by Charles C. Pinter, 2nd Edition, ISBN: 978-0486474175

We also have a supplementary book, which you are not required to purchase:
"Contemporary Abstract Algebra", by Joseph A. Gallian
I have placed the book on reserve in the library, to be taken out in four hour increments. You may find the book helpful for reading from a different perspective, and also as a resource for your projects.


There will be one midterm and a final. The midterm will be broken into two components, an in-class section and a take-home section. The final will be take-home. The in-class section of the midterm will be closed book, and will take place during our usual class period on July 18. The take-home portion of the midterm and the final will be open notes, open book. You may use your course textbook, but no other books and nothing online. There is no collaboration for the take home exams. You may ask me clarifying questions, but I will not give you further help. If you are extremely stuck, I may decide to give you a hint in exchange for points on the exam.

Homework Policy 

Written homework assignments will be assigned weekly and will be posted on the homework page. Homework will be assigned each Friday and is due the next Friday before class. For the homework the Honor Principle below applies. I expect students to attend every class, but if you must miss a class, it is your responsibility to turn in the homework on time, whether by turning it in early, emailing it to me, or having a fellow student turn it in for you. No late homework will be accepted.


We will have a final project in this class that we will be working on during the month of August (though you are welcome to get started on it earlier). Your projects will culminate in a group presentation during the last week of class, and an individual paper due the last day of class. For more information on due dates, content, and project ideas, visit the project page.

The Honor Principle

Academic integrity is at the core of our mission as mathematicians and educators, and we take it very seriously.

Cooperation on homework is permitted and encouraged, but if you work together, do not take any paper away with you; in other words, you can share your thoughts (say on a blackboard), but you have to walk away with only your understanding. In particular, you must write the solution up on your own. Please acknowledge any collaborators at the beginning of each assignment.

On exams, you may not give or receive help from anyone.


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

Written homework 20%
Midterm 25%
Project 25%
Final Exam 30%


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. For further information on the available support services, please contact Student Accessibility Services.