MATH 3413

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

Instructor: Scott Sykes

Office Hours: Monday 9:30-11:00, 12:00-1:00

Tuesday 9:30-11:00, 1:00-3:00

Wednesday 9:30-11:00, 12:00-1:00

Friday 9:30-11:00

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.
- An understanding of the formula for solving a quadratic of cubic equation
- An understanding of the Euclidean algorithm for integers and polynomials.
- A basic understanding of the concepts of rings, fields and groups.

TEXT: Course notes will be provided. A reference book is Abstract Algebra: A Geometric Approach by Theodore Sifrin (Prentice Hall)

TESTS: There will be two exams
on **Friday, October 3 and Friday, November 14. ** Each will count 100
points towards your final grade.

FINAL: The final is **Friday,
December 12 at ****11:00-1:00**. 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 1-8 based on effort and results. You can obtain a maximum of 100 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. Your score will be scaled to 50 points when compared to other scores in the class.

GRADES: Your grade will be determined based on the following formula

TESTS 200 points

+FINAL 150 points

+HOMEWORK 100 points

+BOARDWORK 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.