Math 360, Spring 2010
Abstract Algebra I

Class Number 15507   TR 5:30 – 6:45    Room CR5124

Prof. Mary Rosen

Office:  SN 408 (Santa Susana Hall, formerly FOB or Faculty Office Building)
Office phone:   (818) 677-7791 Math Department (SN 114):   (818) 677-2721
Email address:
Office hours:   T    11:00 – 12:00,  4:00 – 5:00
                       Th  4:00 – 5:00
                       and by appointment

Course Objective:  Math 360 is a survey course in abstract algebra.  We will study the basic objects of algebra – rings, fields, groups (and vector spaces, if time permits) – and focus on the common themes to the study of these objects.

We have an ideal text for this course:

TEXTRings, Fields, Vectors Spaces, and Groups
             An Introduction to Abstract Algebra
             By B. A. Sethuraman
             California State University, Northridge

You must be an active participant when reading this text (this applies to every book on mathematics).  Woven throughout the text are questions and boxed off exercises.  You should attempt to answer these while reading through the material.  You should try to convince yourself of every statement made.  At the end of each chapter, there are “Further Exercises” as well as “Notes” which contain remarks, hints on certain exercises, and discussions on topics beyond the course.  Homework exercises will be assigned with each class and there will be several collected homework sets.

Course Requirements and Grading:

There will be 2 in-class examinations, 2 quizzes, and a (comprehensive) final exam that is scheduled on Tuesday, May 11, 5:30 – 7:30.

I will compute your grade three ways as follows using the +/- grading system:

2 exams 20% each              lower exam 15%
2 quizzes 10% each            higher exam  20%
HW Sets 15%                     2 quizzes 10% each
Final exam 25%                 HW Sets 15%
                                          Final exam 30%

Note:  I’ll also work this out with the 2 exams 15% each and the Final exam 35%.

Other References:
1.     Modern Algebra: An Introduction, by J. Durbin
2.     A First Course in Abstract Algebra, by J. Fraleigh