Tues, Thurs 2:00-3:15, 303 Boyd
Instructor: Scott Sykes
Office Hours: Monday 10:00-11:00, 12:00-1:00
or by appointment
Office Phone: 836-4346
LEARNING OUTCOMES: At the end of this course, a student should be able to demonstrate:
TEXT: Abstract Algebra: A Geometric Approach by Theodore Sifrin (Prentice Hall)
TESTS: There will be two exams on Thursday, September 26 and Thursday, November 7. Each will count 100 points towards your final grade.
FINAL: The final is Tuesday, December 10 at 2:00-4:00. It counts 150 points towards your final grade and will be comprehensive.
HOMEWORK: Homework will be assigned weekly and collected. You should try your best at all the homework problems. Each assignment will be assigned a score of 1-5 based on effort and results. You can obtain a maximum of 50 homework points.
BOARD WORK: You will “volunteer” to do problems and proofs on the board during class. Every time you go to the board, you will get a score of 0-5 for the problem. 3 points will be based on “mathematics” and 2 points will be based on “presentation”. You do not have to do a fancy presentation to get 2 points, but your presentation should be organized, everything you write should be legible, your speaking should be comprehensible and you should be able to talk and write together. You can volunteer up to 12 times during the semester and count a maximum of 50 points.
DISCUSSION: Each class will have time for a discussion of the ideas presented in class and the assigned readings. You should be prepared for the discussion (read the assigned reading and pay attention during class). You should fully participate in the discussion. Your score will be based on your level of participation and your preparedness. Every class with a discussion component will be scored 0 (absent), 1 (low participation/ preparedness), 2 (full participation/ preparedness). You can count a maximum of 50 discussion points towards your final grade.
GRADES: Your grade will be determined based on the following formula
TESTS 200 points
+FINAL 150 points
+HOMEWORK 50 points
+BOARDWORK 50 points
+DISCUSSION 50 points
TOTAL 500 points
There will be no curve or extra credit assignments, so don’t ask!
If you ever have any questions or suggestions, feel free to come by my office at any time. I will definitely be there during my office hours, you can just stop by. You can also stop by or call to see if I am there at other times.