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Unformatted text preview: MTH 310 Abstract Algebra & Number Theory Course Syllabus - Spring 2011 - R. Bell Course: MTH 310 Abstract Algebra & Number Theory Textbook: Abstract Algebra: an introduction by Thomas Hungerford. Instructor: Robert Bell Office Hours: Tu 1-2 p.m. and Th 2-3 p.m. in A-305 Wells Hall, M 10-11 a.m. and Wednesday 8-9 a.m. in W-32 Holmes Hall, and by appointment (please send an e-mail). E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org (best way to contact me) Course Web Page: http://www.math.msu.edu/ robertbe/MTH310SP11.html Topics: The main topics of the course are elementary number theory, abstract algebraic systems (rings, fields, and groups), and writing mathematical proofs. The content includes important concepts for future secondary educators in mathematics as well as concepts which are central to the study of advanced mathematics. We will cover chapters 1-7 of the textbook (time permitting). Grading Criteria. In general, your work in this course will be evaluated according to three criteria: the clarity of your arguments and exposition, the completeness of the steps taken to arrive at a solution, and the accuracy of the answer. Correct answers without supporting work may not receive full credit. Grade Components Grading Scale Midterm Exams (3) 45% 4.0 90 x Homework & Quizzes 25% 3.5 84 x < 90 Final Exam 30% 3.0 78 x < 84 2.5 72 x < 78 2.0 66 x < 72 1.5 60 x < 66 1.0 55 x < 60 0.0 x < 55 Description of Graded Assignments 1. Midterm Exams. There will be three midterm exams during the semester. These are tentatively scheduled as follows: Midterm I Wednesday, February 2 Midterm II Friday, March 3 Midterm III Wednesday, April 6 Exams are written and completed in class without the aid of the textbook, notes, calculators, or similar materials. Exams last for the entire class period (50 minutes). Each exam is worth 15% of your final grade. 1 2. Homework. Homework is assigned and collected on a (typically) daily basis. The homework is due at the start of lecture. Late homework will not be accepted. The lowest three homework scores will not count towards your final grade. Some assigned problems may require significantly more time to complete than the questions and problems which will typically appear on quizzes or exams. However, please be assured that reading through your homework gives the instructor an excellent opportunity to assess your overall understanding of the course material as well as your progress towards developing strong analytical problem solving skills. Please do alltowards developing strong analytical problem solving skills....
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