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189-235A: Basic Algebra I

Professor: Henri Darmon
Classes: MWF 8:30-9:30.
Room: Otto Maass 10

Basic Algebra I on the web:
Henri Darmon's web page: http://www.math.mcgill.ca/~darmon
Thomas Mattman's web page: http://www.math.mcgill.ca/~mattman.
Math 235A: http://www.math.mcgill.ca/~darmon/courses/algebra1/algebra.html

Special review session

Friday, December 5, 8:30-9:30 in Otto Mass 10.

Special office hours in the week before midterms:

Henri Darmon:
Monday, December 1, 10:30-11:30.
Wednesday, December 3, 10:30-12:30.
Friday, December 5, 11:00-12:00.
Monday, December 8, 9:00-10:00.

Dominic Lemelin:
Wednesday December 3: 8h30-16h00
Thursday, Dember 4: 8h30-16h00
Friday, December 5: 8h30 - 12h30.
Monday: 8h30-10h30 and 12h00-14h00.

Thomas Mattman:
Monday, December 1, 11:30-12:30 and 5:30-6:30.
Wednesday, December 3, 3:00-4:00.
Thursday, December 4, 12:30-2:00.
Friday, December 5, 1:00-3:00.
Monday, December 8, 10:00-1:00.

Terry Jackson :
Tuesday, December 2, 9:00-10:00.

TA's and tutorials:
Dominic Lemelin, M 12:30-13:30, Burnside 1B24.
Thomas Mattman, M 5:30-6:30, Burnside 920.
Terry Jackson, Tu 9:00-10:00, Burnside 920.

Office hours:
Henri Darmon: MWF 10:30-11:30 in room 1211
Terry Jackson: Tu 11:00-12:00 and 1:00-2:00.
Dominic Lemelin: M 14:00-15:00 and W 11:30-13:30
Thomas Mattman: M 11:30-12:30 and W 3:00-4:00.

Required Text: Joseph Rotman, A first course in Abstract Algebra, Prentice Hall publisher.
Note: Because of the unexpectedly high enrolment in the course, the bookstore has run out of textbooks. They are on order, and should be available in one or two weeks. In the meantime, you can purchase a photocopy of chapter 1 of the book in the Basement of the McConnell Engineering Building EUS copy room, for about 1.50$.

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.

Grading Scheme : 30% Weekly assignments , 30% Midterm, 40% Final.
There will be an option of 100% final.