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)
Text: Algebra by S. MacLane and G. Birkhoff, 3rd ed.
Coverage: We'll begin with Chapt.XVI on multilinear algebra. Then we continue with Chapt.XIII on Galois Theory. Suggestions are welcome for additional topics, if we have time.
Grading: There will be no in-class, closed-book exams. Your grade will be based on written assignments, usually proofs selected from the recommended exercises. These may be weekly (or more or less frequently) and may (or may not) include one or more major assignments. In addition to the usual 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.
In order that we can all 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.
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.
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