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Meeting Time: | MWF, 12:00 - 12:50 |
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Location: | Jones 306 |

Instructor: | Ryan Vinroot Office: Jones 130 Office Hours (Tentative): Mon 3:30-4:30, Wed 3:30-4:30, Thurs 9-10:30, or by appointment/walk-in. |

Textbook: | A First Course in Abstract Algebra, Seventh Edition, by John B. Fraleigh |

Grade Breakdown: | 2 Tests - 100 points each, Homework - 100 points, Final Exam - 200 points, for a total of 500 points. The grading scale will roughly be a 10 percentage point scale, so that a final score of 450 (90%) is in the A range, a score of 400 (80%) is in the B range, etc. |

Prerequisites: | Math 307 - Algebra I. |

- Important Dates and Class Holidays:
- Sat, March 7 - Sun, March 15: NO CLASS (Spring Break)
- Fri, May 8: FINAL EXAM

- Here is a pdf of some notes on Group Actions. There is some material in these notes which is not in Section 16 of Fraleigh, and likewise, some material in Section 16 of Fraleigh which is not in these notes.
- Here are some notes on the conjugacy classes of symmetric groups. Use them as a guide if you get stuck on Problem 8 on page 333 of the homework.
- I will be in (or near) my office the following times before the Final: Mon (May 4) 9-12, 2-5; Tues (May 5) 9-1, 3-5; Wed (May 6) 8:30-11:30; Thurs (May 7) 9-1, 2:30-5.

Test 1 | Wed, Feb 25 | In class | Jones 306 |

Test 2 | Fri, Apr 3 | Take home | Jones 306 |

Final Exam | Fri, May 8 | 9-12 | Jones 306 |

Assignment |
Problems |
Due Date |

1 | pgs. 159-160 #9, 11, 12, 14 pgs. 164-165 #6, 8 |
Mon, Feb 2 |

2 | pg. 327 #11, 14 pg. 333 #8, 9 |
Mon, Feb 9 |

3 | pg. 327 #17, 18, 22 pg. 333 #5, 6, 7 |
Fri, Feb 20 |

4 | pg. 208 #24, 25 pgs. 244-245 #17, 30 pg. 253 #24 |
Wed, Mar 4 |

5 | pg. 400 #26, 31 pgs. 406-407 #12, 17, 18 pg. 413 #9, 15 |
Fri, Apr 3 |

- There are some very useful links related to abstract algebra on the homepage of Professor Joseph Gallian (the author of another Abstract Algebra text), which is here.
- There are several opportunities for undergraduates through the William & Mary mathematics department, including research in mathematics. If you are interested, feel free to ask me or someone else in the Mathematics department about these opportunities. Information is available here.