Math 310 Section 002 -- Spring 2008

Petronela Radu, 239 Avery Hall,, 472-9130,

Office hours: MWF 12:30 - 1:30 or by appointment (or just stop by when the door is open)

Text: A Concrete Introduction to Higher Algebra, Second Edition, by Lindsay Childs (2000 paperback)

Homework: The following syllabus (which will be filled out and possibly adjusted as the course proceeds), indicates the topics that will be discussed each week. The homework for Week n will be collected at the beginning of Week n+1. Homework should be done in groups of three or four people. 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 semester.

Quizzes: There will be a 10-point quiz almost every Friday, exceptions being Week 1 and weeks during which there is an hour exam. Thus there will be 12 quizzes in all. 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.

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 600 points: 100 (homework) + 100 (quizzes) + 200 (hour exams) + 200 (final exam).

Week (syllabus subject to change!)

1 Jan 14 2A: E2, E7, E13; 2B, 2C, 2D

2 Jan 23 3A: E2, E11, E12; 3B: E3, E5

3 Jan 28 3C: E4(iii), E4(iv), E7, E8(i), E8(iii), E9; 4A: E3, E4

4 Feb 4 4B: E9, E17(iii), E19, E30, E31; 4C: E1, E3

5 Feb 11 5A: E3, E4; 5B: E2, E6(i), E6(ii); 5E: E1

6 Feb 18 6A: E3; 6B; 6C: E3; 6D: E4, E5, E6

Practice Problems - Exam 1

7 Feb 25 6E: E3, E8; E10; Wednesday, February 27: EXAM 1 (on Chapters 2 - 6)

8 Mar 3 8A: 3, 7, 12, 17; 8B: 7, 8, 9

9 Mar 10 9A: 5, 14, 16; 9B: 5, 7, 12


10 Mar 24 12A: 3, 4, 12; 12C: 1, 4

11 Mar 31 9C: E4, E13, E16; 15A E1(ii), E4(i-ii), E6, E11.

Practice Problems - Exam 2

Comments on Chapter 9

Problems using Euler's Theorem

Reviews for Exam 2: Saturday 4:00-6:00 Avery 110 (Roger Wiegand)
                                      Sunday  4:30-6:30  Avery 108 (Petronela Radu)

12 Apr 7 Monday: Review; Wednesday, April 9: Exam 2 (Chapters 6E, 8, 9, 12); Friday: 15B

13 Apr 14 15C: E1, E6, E7, E8(i), E10(i), E13; 15D: E4, E7, E8, E12.

14 Apr 21 15B: E1; PET1, PET2 from Primitive element notes

15 Apr 28 Additional Topics. Review for the Final Exam

FINAL EXAM: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Monday, May 5

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.