Math 465: Topics in Algebra, Introduction to computational algebraic geometry

Course announcement and sketch syllabus

Homework: Assignments will be posted to the course webpage each Monday, to be turned in the following Monday. However, the first assignment will be due January 22. You may discuss the homework assignments with other students, but you should write up your work independently. No late homework will be accepted.

Lecture notes

Midterm: There will be an in-class midterm examination Wednesday, February 13.

Projects: Interested students are encouraged to do independent projects. These would cover topics not directly addressed in my lectures, but close in spirit to the course. While students are encouraged to develop their own topics, lists of potential subjects will be distributed later in the semester. The final form of the project could be either a ten-page expository paper or a one-hour lecture.
Potential projects, in Postscript or PDF

For students not doing projects:

Homework 40%
Midterm 20%
Final 40%

For students doing projects:

Homework 35%
Midterm 15%
Project 15%
Final 35%

Accomodations: Any student with a documented disability needing academic adjustments or accommodations is requested to speak with me during the first two weeks of class. All discussions will remain confidential. Students with disabilities should also contact Disabled Student Services in the Ley Student Center.

Contact information:
Brendan Hassett
Office: Herman Brown 422
Phone: (713) 348-5261
Office hours: M 1:00PM, W 3:00PM, F 10:00AM