MATH 3413

Tues, Thurs 2:00-3:15, 303
Boyd

Instructor: Scott Sykes

Office
Hours: Monday 10:00-11:00, 12:00-1:00

Tuesday
11:00-12:00,1:30-2:00

Wednesday
10:00-11:00,12:00-1:00

Thursday 1:00-2:00

Friday
10:00-11:00,12:00-1:00

or by appointment

Office
Phone: 836-4346

Email: ssykes@westga.edu

LEARNING
OUTCOMES: At the end of this course, a
student should be able to demonstrate:

- An understanding of the
properties of the integers, rational numbers, real numbers and complex
numbers (L5).
- An understanding of the
formula for solving a quadratic of cubic equation (L5).
- An understanding of the
Euclidean algorithm for integers and polynomials (L5).
- A basic understanding
of the concepts of rings, fields and groups (L5).

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

__POINTS__ __GRADE__

450-500 A

400-449 B

350-399 C

300-349 D

0-299 F

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.