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189-235A: Basic Algebra I

Professor: Henri Darmon
TA's: Gabriel Chenevert and Shahab Shahabi.
Markers: Ahmed Jaber and Mireille Schnitzer.
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.

Office Hours:
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.

Recommended Texts:
Abstract 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 mathematical maturity and problem-solving skills.

Assignments 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 pdf, ps, dvi, or tex formats.)

Here are the last year's midterm solutions. (In pdf, ps, dvi, or tex formats.)

The final grades:

Here are your final grades.

The obligatory statement

McGill University values academic integrity. Therefore, all students must understand the meaning and consequences of cheating, plagiarism and other academic offences under the Code of Student Conduct and Disciplinary Procedures (see www.mcgill.ca/integrity for more information).