189-235A: Basic Algebra I
Professor: Henri Darmon
Classes: MWF 8:35-9:25. in Burnside Hall 1B45
Touikan M 12:35-1:25 in Leacock 15
Shahabi Tu 16:05-16:55 in Leacock 15
Darmon MW 10:30-12:00, in Burnside Hall 1111.
Touikan M 13:30-15:00, Tu 11:00-12:30, and Th 15:00-16:30 in Burnside Hall 1008
Shahabi Tu 14:00-15:55 and F 13:00-14:00 in Burnside Hall 1033.
Abstract Algebra (Dover Books on Mathematics)
by W.E. Deskins. This book can be useful reference, although some might find it
a bit dry and formal. But you can't beat the price!
Algebra by Hungerford.
This book is a nice, pedagogical introduction to the topics covered in the course,
and in fact we will be following the treatment in this book fairly closely.
So students who find the lectures challenging and would like a
textbook to rely on
will find this book helpful. It comes with a
hefty price tag though---try buying it used!
Syllabus: This course will cover the standard
syllabus for a
first year undergraduate course in abstract algebra.
The content and pace will be challenging:
emphasis will be placed on rigorous proofs, and on developping
maturity and problem-solving skills.
are to be turned in on Wednesdays and
returned, graded, the following Monday. There will be ten assignments in
all during the semester.
Grading Scheme : There are three possible schemes,
and I will take the maximum of those.
1. 20% Weekly assignments, 30% Midterm, 50% Final.
2. 20% Weekly assignments, 80% Final.
3. 100% Final.
Here is the midterm. (In
Here are the midterm grades.
Here are the midterm solutions. (In
The final grades:
The final grades are now in.
I will be out of town from this Wednesday until next week, so if you
have questions about your exam or would like advising on your future algebra
plans, it is best to contact me by email.
In the meantime have an excellent holidays!