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Abstract Algebra I

Course Details

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Spring 2015
Bolin Hall
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MWF 9:00-9:50am

Dr. Michelle Knox (view Profile)

Course Attachments


Course Objectives


Course Description: Introduction to algebraic structures, including groups, group isomorphism, homomorphisms, direct products, and introduction to rings

Prerequisite: MATH 2133 with a grade of C or better

Textbook: Contemporary Abstract Algebra (8th ed.) by Joseph A. Gallian

Grading Standards


Grading: The student’s final grade will be calculated as follows:

            graded homework                               14%    

            4 exams                                               16% each

            final exam                                            22%


The grading scale is     A         90%-100%     

                                    B         80%-90%       

                                    C         70%-80%       

                                    D         60%-70%       

                                    F          less than 60% 

Final Exam 05/11/2015 8:00-10:00am
Submission Format Policy Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.
Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor

All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements


Attendance: Students are expected to attend every class.  Note: a student is considered absent if the student is late to class or leaves early.  Any student who misses 7 or more classes may be dropped from the course. 

If you miss class, it is your responsibility to

            (1) get notes from another student for the day(s) you missed, and

            (2) see Dr. Knox before the next class for any handouts from the day(s) you                                   missed. 

Other Policies


Exams: There will be four exams and a final exam.  The dates of the four exams are:

            Monday, February 16, 2015

            Monday, March 9, 2015

            Friday, April 10, 2015

            Monday, May 4, 2015

The date of the final exam is Monday, May 11, 2015, 8:00-10:00am. 


Make-up exams are given at the discretion of Dr. Knox.  If an exam is missed, every effort must be made by the student to notify Dr. Knox as soon as possible.  It is best to call your professor rather than email when you miss an exam. 



Graded Homework:  This is homework to be turned in and graded.  Generally, these are proofs to be written out as formal proofs.  As listed above, this type of homework is worth 14% of your final grade.  These assignments are due at the beginning of class on the given due date.  Late homework is accepted at the discretion of the instructor and is subject to a penalty.  Students are welcome (and even encouraged) to work together on homework unless stated otherwise, but each student is to submit her/his own work.  Do not let other students read your proofs—this will help avoid instances of copying. 

            Revisions: Students will sometimes have the opportunity to revise a graded          homework problem for more credit.   A revision must be turned in along with the         original homework problem.  A revision is due at the beginning of the next class.    Late revision problems will not be accepted.




The following actions will be considered acts of academic dishonesty, in addition to those outlined in the student handbook: copying another student’s work, consulting a solution manual, looking at other abstract algebra textbooks, consulting the internet (other than Gallian’s textbook website), or using any other resources not provided by Dr. Knox. Performing any act of academic dishonesty on a homework assignment will result in a 0 for the graded homework score, and the student will be reported to the university for academic dishonesty.  Performing an act of academic dishonesty on an exam will result in a 0 for the exam, and the student will be reported to the university for academic dishonesty.  See the MSU student handbook for university policies on academic honesty.  This can be found online at




Writing Proficiency Requirement

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Campus Carry

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