Math 310: Intro Modern Algebra

Practice Problems for Final (SOLUTIONS)
The Final Exam with Solutions (pdf)
Instructor: Brian Harbourne
Class Time: 12:30-1:45 TuTh
Class Room: Avery Hall 112

Office: 331 AvH
Tel.: 402-472-4476
Office Hours: Tentatively, Noon-12:30 p.m., 1:45-2:30pm TuTh, or 
some other time by appointment, but feel free to drop by my office anytime. 
If I'm busy, we can make an arrangement for later. 
Homework Assignments:
Homework 1 (due Th 8-31-06) (solutions)
Homework 2 (due Th 9-7-06) (solutions)
Homework 3 (due Th 9-14-06) (solutions)
Homework 4 (due Th 9-21-06) (solutions)
(Here is a Renaissance fresco by Raphael including a figure representing Euclid.)
(Here is a web form to compute gcd's. You can use it to check your work, but to get credit you must show your work.)
(Here is a web form to find prime factors.)
Homework 5 (due Th 9-28-06) (solutions)
Homework 6 (due Th 10-5-06) (solutions)
Review for Exam 1, Thurs Oct 12 (solutions)
Homework 7 (due Th 11-2-06) (solutions)
Homework 8 (due Th 11-9-06) (solutions)
(Here is a web form to compute powers modulo an integer m.)
Homework 9 (due Th 11-16-06) (solutions)
Homework 10 (due Tues 11-28-06) (solutions)

Text: A concrete introduction to higher algebra, Lindsay Childs, 2nd ed. We will plan to cover most of the first 12 chapters, and then several additional chapters, chosen partly based on class interest.

Quizzes: Each Thursday we will have a short in-class quiz.

Tests: We will have two in-class hour exams. [Sometimes an exam just doesn't go well; who knows why! To help take this into account, your lowest hour exam will be replaced by the final exam percentage IF that improves your average (so as not to punish someone whose final does not go well).]

Final Exam: 7:30am to 9:30am Friday, Dec. 15, in our usual room. Everyone must take the final exam; do not make plans to leave town before the final. You are expected to arrange your personal and work schedules to allow you to take the final exam at the scheduled time. No student will be allowed to take the final exam early.

Grade Scales, Averages and Semester Grades

There are three hour exams. In addition, there are weekly quizzes, homework and the Final Exam. Your Semester Grade is determined by averaging your grades on these items with the following weights:
               hour exams average                100 points each
               quiz average worth                100 points
               homework average worth            100 points
               Final Exam worth                  200 points

               Total                             600 points

Departmental grading appeals policy: Students who believe their academic evaluation has been prejudiced or capricious have recourse for appeals to (in order) the instructor, the departmental chair, the departmental appeals committee, and the college appeals committee.