MTHSC 412 Syllabus
Fall Semester 2008
Time: 2:30 - 3:20; M,W,F.
Location: M104 Martin Hall.
Instructor: Kevin James
Office: O-21 Martin Hall
(864) 656-6766 (office)
(864) 656-3434 (Dept)
Office hours are by appointment. Please email me to set up an appointment
or simply drop by my office.
``Elements of Modern Algebra'', 6-th ed. by Gilbert and Gilbert
Goals and Objectives.
To introduce students to topics and techniques from modern algebra.
In particular we will cover material from the theory of groups rings
We will cover Chapters 1-5, 7 of the text, with most sections
indicated ``optional'' omitted: time permitting, we will include a few,
for example 4.6 and 4.7. This will cover a basic introduction to sets,
mappings, integers, congruence, groups, permutation groups,
quotient groups, rings, integral domains, fields and complex numbers.
Please be sure to devote at least six hours per week outside of class
to this course. This will include reading the text as well as working
The grading in this class will be as follows:
All exams will be cumulative. Click here for
a schedule of examination times.
- 2 In-class Exams 40%
- Homework and Quizes 30%
- Cumulative Final Exam 30%
The following grading scale will be used:
All grading will be on the basis of your work shown and not on the
Absolutely NO late homework will be accepted and there will
No make-ups for missed quizes or exams. In the event, that a
misses an exam due to a documented excused absence, that student's
score will be substituted for the missing exam score. Any student who
an exam and cannot provide documentation indicating that the absence
was excused will recieve a 0 for the exam.
Regular and punctual attendance is expected. If the instructor is not
present 25 minutes after class is scheduled to begin then you may leave.
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Thomas Green Clemson's vision of this institution as a high seminary
of learning. Fundamental to this vision is a mutual commitment to
truthfulness, honor, and responsibility, without which we cannot earn
the trust and respect of others. Furthermore, we recognize that
academic dishonesty detracts from the value of a Clemson degree.
Therefore, we shall not tolerate lying, cheating, or stealing in any
It is University policy to provide, on a flexible and individualized basis,
reasonable accommodations to students who have disabilities. Students are
encouraged to contact Student Disability Services to discuss their
individual needs for accommodation.