Instructor: Robert Ellis  Office: E1 Bldg, Rm 105C  Email: 
Lectures 
MW 3:154:30pm  E1 Bldg. 121 
Office Hours 
walkin; TRF best times  Office phone 5675336 
Appointments and emailed questions are welcome  
Textbooks 
Gallian, Contemporary Abstract
Algebra, 6th edition, Houghton Mifflin Huffman and Pless, Fundamentals of ErrorCorrecting Codes, Cambridge University Press, 2003 (see Books 24/7 at Galvin Library) 
First day handout (pdf) (course contract & exam schedule)
Exams  

Exam 1  Exam 2  Final  
Wed. Feb. 25 Exam Key 
Wed. Apr. 15 (Happy Tax Day!) 
TUES May 12 2:00PM to 4:00PM 

Practice Exams (guide to structure, not material)  
Term  Exam 1  Exam 2  Exam 3  Final  
Fall `08 430  exam, key  exam, key  final, key  
Fall `06 430  exam, key  key  exam, key  exam, key 
Due Date  Reading^{1}  Group Homework^{2} 

F 5/6 5pm in mailbox 
Chapter 21: 6, 8, 10, 20 Chapter 22: 4, 6, 8, 24 

W 5/6  Chapter 31  
W 4/29 
Chapter 20: 2, 4, 8, 10, 14 (ask me for a hint if
necessary), 22, 26, 30, 32 

M 4/27  Chapter 21  Individual Homework: Exam 2 rewrite of missed problems (staple separate solutions to original test) 
W 4/22  Chapter 20, all pages 
Chapter 19: 2 (give details), 10, 22 (prove it), 26 Also: A 250500 word summary of Prof. Durret's Menger Day talk. Describe interesting examples, solved problems, open questions, things that particularly interested you or need more investigation. This is a group assignment. 
M 4/20  Instead of lecture, we will attend Prof. Durret's Menger Day talk, MTCC Ballroom 4:30pm  250500 word preparatory description for Prof. Durrett's Menger Day Lecture. Write down definitions of the examples or terms mentioned in the abstract. Submission must be as an email in normal text form by 3:15 Monday 4/20. This is an individual assignment. 
W 4/15  Exam 2 on Chapter 12 through material returned by Monday 4/13, and through Chapter 18 group activities  
M 4/13  Chapter 20, all pages  
W 4/8 
Chapter 20, through page 360 
Chapter 18: 2, 4, 8 (see p.329), 10, 12 (see the Lemma on p. 327), 22, 30,
Computer Exercise: 1 
M 4/6  Chapter 19  
W 4/1 
Chapter 18, all pages Also, (1) on GA 18A 
Chapter 17: 2, 4, 6, 10 (give justification), 16, 18, 24, 34 Computer Exercise: 2 
M 3/30  Chapter 18, pages 320326  
F 3/27 E1 210 mailbox 3pm 
Chapter 16: 8, 12, 18, 20 (quote 19 or prove from scratch), 24, 28, 40, 42  
W 3/25 
Chapter 17, all pages 

M 3/23  No Reading  
W 3/11  Chapter 17, page 303307  Chapter 15: 6, 10, 12, 18 (assume 8), 30, 36 (image of Z?), 50, 60 
M 3/9  Chapter 16, especially 2nd half  Rewrite of solutions for Exam 1 due 
W 3/4  Chapter 16, all pages  Chapter 14: 6, 8, 10, 12, 26, 30, 36, 56; Computer Exercise: 2 
M 3/2  No reading  
W 2/25  Exam 1 on material through homework returned by 2/23  
M 2/23  Chapter 15 all pages 

W 2/18  Chapter 15 through p.282 
Chapter 13: 6, 8, 10, 14 (see definition in 13), 20, 22, 24 (directly or using
23), 44, 48, 54
Ch 13 Computer Exercise: 3, 6 (Note: it is immediate that the nonzero elements of a field form a group under multiplication. See Chapter 2 to compare the definition of a group to what is true about these elements.) 
M 2/16  Chapter 14 all pages 

W 2/11  
Chapter 12: 4, 6, 8, 18, 22, 26, 46 Ch 12 Computer Exercise: 4 (Clearly state answers in generally the same order of the questions) 
M 2/9  Chapter 13 all pages 

W 2/4  Chapter 12 
Chapter 11: 6, 10, 20, 28 Classify the group on page 4 of Chapter 11 groups for classification with some explanatory description (as addressing a student who knows Chapter 11 but not this group) Challenge (not for submission)) Chapter 11: 34, 36 
M 2/2  Chapter 11 all pages 

W 1/28  Chapter 11 pp.217222 
Chapter 10: 6, 10, 12, 18, 24, 34, 48, 54
Challenge (not for submission)): 39, 40 
M 1/26  Chapter 10 
1. Each day starting 8/26 except for exam days the quiz dice will be rolled. On a 2, 3, 4, or 5, a quiz will be given covering the reading due that day.
2. See the first day handout for instructions on working and submitting group homework.
3. Group activity worksheets are not to be turned in. Send email or stop by to ask questions about these.
page maintained by Robert Ellis / http://math.iit.edu/~rellis/