Intermediate Abstract Algebra (MAT 444), spring 2012


Final Exam:-The Final Exam will take place on Thursday 4/26 from 7:30 to 9:20 am in PSA 304. To study for the exam, I would recommend reviewing the class notes and homework assignments, and coming to see me if anything remains unclear.
-Here is a summary of the topics for the exam.
-I will have office hours Wednesday 4/25, 2-4 pm (PSA 431). You're also welcome to come see me at any (reasonable) time, but please check with me by email or phone first.
-As announced in class, if your grade on the final exam is higher than the weighted average (Final+Midterms+Homework) then that will be your final grade.

Homework assignment for this week: 

-Solutions for homework #11, part 1, and part 2.

-Week 13 (4/9-4/13): Read chapters 26,27,29 in the book. Hand in problems D (except #3) of ch. 26, B #1,2 (except (d)) and C (except #6) of ch. 27, and A of ch. 29 on Thursday 4/19.

-Solutions for homework #10

-Week 12 (4/2-4/6): Read chapters 24,25,26 in the book. Hand in problems B of ch. 24, A of ch. 25 and E,F of ch. 26 on Tuesday 4/10.

-Solutions for homework #9

-Week 11 (3/26-3/30): Read chapters 17,18,19,20 in the book. Hand in problems M of ch.17, I of ch. 18, H of ch. 19 and B of ch.20 on Tuesday 4/3.

-Solutions for homework #8

-Week 10 (3/12-3/16): Hand in these problems on Tuesday 3/27.

-Solutions for Exam #2

-Week 9 (3/5-3/9): There is no homework this week as the second Midterm Exam is Tuesday 3/13 (usual time and place). To study for the exam, I would recommend reviewing the class notes and homework assignments, and coming to see me if anything remains unclear. Here is a summary of the topics for the exam.

-Solutions for homework #7

-Week 8 (2/27-3/2): Read chapter 16 in the book. Hand in problems D,F,I,K of ch.16 on Tuesday 3/6.

-Solutions for homework #6

-Week 7 (2/20-2/24): Read chapter 15 in the book. Hand in problems C,E,F,G of ch.15 on Tuesday 2/28.

-Solutions for homework #5

-Week 6 (2/13-2/17): Read chapters 14 and 15 in the book. Hand in problems I of ch.13 and E,F,G of ch.14 on Tuesday 2/21.

-Solutions for homework #4

-Week 5 (2/6-2/10): Read chapters 12 and 13 in the book. Hand in problems C, D of ch.13 on Thursday 2/16 (and I encourage you to do A,B for practice).

-Solutions for Exam #1

-Week 4 (1/30-2/3): There is no homework this week as the first Midterm Exam is Tuesday 2/7 (usual time and place). To study for the exam, I would recommend reviewing the class notes and homework assignments, and coming to see me if anything remains unclear. Here is a summary of the topics that we've covered so far.

-Solutions for homework #3

-Week 3 (1/23-1/27): Read chapters 7 and 8 in the book. Hand in problems C, H of ch.8 on Tuesday 1/31 (and I encourage you to do A for practice). Bonus problem: give a complete list of orders of subgroups of S4. (Note that you don't need to give a list of all the subgroups).

-Solutions for homework #2

-Week 2 (1/17-1/20): Read chapters 10 and 11 in the book. Hand in problems D,E of ch. 10 and E (1-7) of ch. 11 on Tuesday 1/24.

-Solutions for homework #1

-Here's the full paper on Octonions by John Baez.

-Week 1 (1/9-1/13): Read chapters 4 and 5 in the book. Hand in problems C of ch.3, E,G of ch.4 and C,D,E of ch.5 in class on Tuesday 1/17.

-Week 0: Read chapters 1-3 in the book.


Lectures:  Tuesdays and Thursdays 9-10:15 am in PSA 304.

Material:  The textbook is A Book of Abstract Algebra by C. Pinter, Dover Publications. We will be roughly covering chapters 2-30 (so, groups, rings and fields), with possible additional topics according to time and interest.

Homework:  Assignments will be given on-line each week, usually by Wednesday, and will be due in class the following Tuesday.

Exams:  There will be two Midterm exams and a Final. The Midterm exams will take place during class time on Tuesday 2/7 and Tuesday 3/13. The Final will take place on Thursday 4/26 from 7:30 to 9:20 am in PSA 304 (standard University calendar).


Grading:  Homework, (the 2 Midterms) and the Final will each count for a third of the final grade.

Office hours:  Mondays 3-4pm in my office, PSA 431. If you need to meet at another time, write me an email at paupert@asu.edu, or call me at 480-727-6661 to schedule an appointment.