310Fall13 Math 310 -- Fall 2013 Section 2

Instructor: Petronela Radu, 239 Avery Hall, pradu@math.unl.edu, 472-9130, www.math.unl.edu/~pradu3/

Office hours: Tuesday 9:30 -11:00, Wednesday 10:30 - 12:00 or by appointment

Text: A Concrete Introduction to Higher Algebra, Third Edition, by Lindsay Childs (2009 hardcover)

Homework Policy: The schedule below (which will be adjusted as the course proceeds), indicates the chapters/sections that will be discussed each week and the assigned problems. Homework will be collected in class on the Thursday following the week in which it was assigned (unless other due date is announced). Homework should be done in groups of three or four people (unless otherwise specified). Each group should turn in only one homework set. Your name on the homework set is your confirmation that you have made a substantial and meaningful contribution. For each problem, indicate who did the write-up. Be sure that everyone in your group does more or less the same amount of writing over the entire semester.

Quizzes: There will be twelve 10-point quizzes (usually on Tuesdays; beginning 10/20 they will be on Thursdays) that will be announced in advance. The problem(s) on the quiz will be very similar (possibly identical) to one or more of those on the homework collected that week. No make-up quizzes will be given, but only your top 10 quiz scores will be counted.

Exams: There will be two one-hour exams and a two hour final exam. The final exam is scheduled for Monday, December 16, 3:30 p.m. -- 5:30 pm, Avery 112.

Calculators: Calculators will not be allowed on quizzes or exams (although they may be useful on the homework).

Scores: Your scores for homework, quizzes, hour exams and the final will be posted on Blackboard. Homework scores will eventually be normalized so that the total contribution of homework is 100 points.

Course Grade: Your final course grade will be based on a total of 100 points:  15 (homework) + 15 (quizzes) + 40 (hour exams) + 30 (final exam).

The final letter grade will be computed based on the following table:

Final average
97-100
92-97
88-92
85-88
81-85
77-81
74-77
71-74
67-71
64-67
60-64
55-60
<55
Letter grade
A+
A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

Schedule (subject to change!)

Departmental grading appeals policy: Students who believe that their academic evaluation has been prejudiced or capricious have recourse for appeals to (in order) the instructor, the Department Chair, the Department Grading Appeals Committee, and the College Appeals Committee.