189-235A: Basic Algebra I
Professor: Henri Darmon
Gabriel Chenevert and
Classes: MWF 8:35-9:25. in Burnside Hall 1B45
Shahabi: Monday 12:35 to 13:25 in BH1214
Chenevert: Tuesday 16:05 to 16:55 in ARTS 265.
Darmon MW 10:30-12:00, in Burnside Hall 1111.
Chenevert Tu 10:00-12:00 and W 1:00-3:00 in BH 1034
Shahabi M 1:30-3:30 and F 11:00-1:00 in BH 1033
You may also wish to avail yourselves of the services of the math
help desk open all week from 12:30 to 5:00 in BH 911.
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 last year's midterm. (In
Here are the last year's midterm solutions. (In
The final grades:
Here are your final grades.
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other academic offences under the Code of Student Conduct and
Disciplinary Procedures (see www.mcgill.ca/integrity for more