**Abstract Algebra I, Fall 12**

Class Number: 15674

Location: CR 5119

TR 11:00AM-12:15PM

**Dr. B. Al Sethuraman**

( http://www.csun.edu/~asethura
)

**Text: **Rings, Fields, Vector Spaces, and Groups, by B.A.
Sethuraman, available for copying cost at the bookstore.

**Syllabus: **The course will provide an overview of the basic
objects
of abstract algebra: rings, fields, vector spaces, and groups. We
will see the definitions of these objects, and lots and lots of
examples. We will learn what the signification sub-objects of
these objects are, and we will learn about quotient objects. We
will learn about homomorphisms and isomorphisms and the fundamental
homomorphism theorems for each of these objects.

**Exams:** There will be two midterm exams, and a final exam. The
dates
for the midterm exams will be announced *at least one week in
advance.
*The final is on Tuesday Dec 11th from 10:15 AM to 12:15 PM.

Background Material:

**Grading: **The course grade will computed based on the
following
percentages: Each of the two midterms will be worth 25%, your homework
will
be worth 20%, and the final will be worth 30%.

**Makeup Exams: **Make up exams will
only
be given for **dire** situations, for which you have either
received permission
from me in advance, or, if it is an emergency, if you are supported by
thorough
documentation. Please be aware that even if one student has to take a
make
up exam, then my workload is doubled and my schedule is completely
thrown
off, so please request make ups only for serious situations.

Good Luck! Abstract algebra is a beautiful subject and I hope that
you
will enjoy the course!