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Fundamental Concepts of Algebra

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Math 513 CRN 21268

Dr. Phillip E. Parker

Office: 330 JB

Office hours: 10:30--11:00, 12:30--1:00, 2:30--3:00 MWF and by appointment

Phone: 978-3955 (home afternoons and evenings before
midnight)

Email: ```
phil@math.wichita.edu
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URL: `http://www.math.wichita.edu/~pparker/classes/ `

Text: *Algebra * by S. MacLane and G. Birkhoff, 3^{rd} ed.

Coverage: Chapters I -- III, with selections, omissions, and other
modifications as necessary.

Grading: There will be no in-class, closed-book exams.
One of the main objectives of the course is continuing to learn to write
proofs, so your grade will be based on frequent written assignments, usually proofs selected from the recommended exercises. In addition to
mathematical content, you will also be graded on grammar, spelling,
punctuation, syntax, style, clarity, *etc.*; in other words, your
grade will depend on **all** the elements of effective written
communication of mathematics.

You may not yet have much experience in writing this way. Thus it may be
necessary for you to rewrite a submission (perhaps even more than once)
before it is acceptable and can be assigned a grade. You should wind up
with A or B on each assignment; but rewrites of unacceptable submissions
will have to be done simultaneously with new assignments --- if this
becomes too burdensome, you might opt to settle for less on a long-delayed
assignment just to get rid of it. Note that the standards for a given
grade will rise somewhat throughout the semester, and more markedly on
successive rewrites. As the semester progresses, rewriting should become
progressively less necessary.

In order that we all can see clearly just what I am talking about when
discussing written work, I may occasionally make a transparency of all
or parts of a submission for general commentary *via * an overhead
projector. All possible individual identification will be removed from
the transparency. By submitting an assignment, you implicitly agree to
allow me to use any of it in this way if I wish.

Attendance is assumed and excessive absences *will * adversely
affect your course grade.

A late paper will be accepted ONLY in case of a *bona fide *
emergency beyond your control. If it is at all physically possible, I
must be notified before class on the day on which it is due.
Subsequently, you must provide suitable documentation.

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As required by WSU Procedures and Policy 2.18.3.f.

Success [a grade of "C" or better] in this 3 credit-hour course is based on
the expectation that a student will spend a **minimum** of 9 hours per
week (normally 3 hours per credit hour per week with 1 of the hours used for
lecture) for instruction and preparation/studying, for a total of **at
least** 135 hours over the length of the course.

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