Instructor: Brian HarbourneClass Room: Hamilton Hall 133Office: 331 Avery HallTime: 11:30 -- 12:20pm MWFTel.: 402-472-4476Web: http://www.math.unl.edu/~bharbour/Office Hours: 12:30-1:20 MWF, and other times by appointment, but feel free to drop by my office anytime. If I'm busy, we can make an arrangement for later.Text: Algebra (revised 3rd ed.), by S. Lang. (Other books are also useful, for example, Hungerford's Algebra, Jacobson's Basic Algebra I and II, Dummit and Foote's Abstract Algebra, etc. It's good to look at various authors' approach to the notions we'll study.)

**Prerequisites**: Math 817-818 and M901, or permission of the instructor.**Content**: Rings, ideals, modules, and representation theory, as time permits.**Goals**: To help you be prepared for the comprehensive exam in algebra, and to know the foundations in algebra needed to prepare for a research career in mathematics.**Grades**: There will be two exams which I hope we can schedule in the evening, plus a final exam. There will also be regular homework assignments. Students will also have extra credit opportunities for up to 5% involving class presentations.two exams 20% each final exam 30% Homework average 30% ___ Total 100%

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