Math 402A: Introduction to Modern Algebra

Monty McGovern 
Fall 2020


Instructor:
Monty (or William) McGovern
Office: Padelford C-450
Phone: 206-543-1149
Email: mcgovern@math.washington.edu
Grader:
Office Hours: TTh 10:30 at zoom address below
Lectures:
Monday, Wednesday & Friday, 10:30-11:20 a.m., http://zoom.us.9138184583, passcodes given later
Prerequisites:
Math 307 or the equivalent. 
Exams:

Midterm: Friday, October 30, on Canvas.
Final: Monday, December 14, 8:30 a.m., on Canvas

Grading:
Your grade will be based on weekly homework (35%), a midterm (25%), and a final exam (40%). The homework will require a great deal of writing (as in Math 300), but no essays or papers. It must be submitted on Canvas. The final exam will be comprehensive. If you must miss an exam because of illness or emergency, I would very much appreciate advance notice. Homework must be submitted on Canvas, except in case of emergency. Even if you cannot finish the assignment, PLEASE turn in WHATEVER YOU CAN rather than nothing. In all tests you may use two letter-sized pages (one sheet front and back of notes in your own handwriting).
Incompletes and Drops:
The grade of Incomplete will be given ONLY if a student has been doing satisfactory work until the end of the quarter and then misses the final exam for a documented illness, religious reason, or family emergency.
What to Expect:
This course is probably rather different from most of the other math courses you have had in the past, as I will emphasize writing proofs in good English prose rather than numerical computations throughout (similar to Math 300). I will cover ring theory (chapter III) together with an unexpected and beautiful application to coding theory. I will try to stay reasonably faithful to the text, but will certainly not follow it page by page. In particular, I will feel free to omit certain topics, present others slightly differently than in the text, and cover still others not in the text at all.

             Homework

Due:
Problems:
Oct 9
pp. 120-1, #3,7,8,12,16: read III.1, most of III.2
Oct 16

Oct 23

Oct 30
study problems, midterm: review
Nov 6

Nov 13

Nov 20

Nov 27
study problems: read
Dec 4

Dec 11
study problems, final:


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