Math 1530: Abstract algebra

Professor Richard Kenyon
Tel. 863-6406
rkenyon -at- math dot brown dot edu
office: Kassar 305
Office hours: Tuesdays 1-3pm

Text: Herstein, Topics in Algebra

Course outline: We'll cover much of the material in chapters 1-3, and some of chapter 5 time permitting.


Final exam Saturday May 15, 9:00am Wilson 101.


Grading: there will be one midterm, one final, and weekly homework.
Your final grade will be weighted as follows: Homework 35% Midterm 25% Final 40%.
Your lowest homework grade will be dropped.

Homework 1, due Feb. 4 in class:
Page 8: 5,7,10
Page 16: 8,10
Page 23: 3,4,5,6,7

Homework 2, due Feb. 11 in class:
Page 23: 13
Page 35: 3,10,11,24
Page 46: 1,3,6,13,16,21,23

Homework 3, due Feb. 18 in class:
Page 53: 3,5,9,10,17,21
Page 64: 2,3,10,15,16,17

Homework 4, due Feb. 25 in class:
Page 70: 1,2,5,7,20
Page 74: 1,2,3,4

Homework 5, due Thursday Mar. 4 in class:
Page 74: 8,9
Page 80: 5,6,8,11,12,16

Homework 6, due Thursday Mar. 18 in class:
Page 90: 6,9,10,17
Page 102: 6,7,20

Homework 7, due Thursday Mar. 25 in class:
Page 108: 5,7
Page 115: 4
Page 130: 4,8,10

Homework 8, due Thursday Apr. 8 in class:
Page 135: 5,6,11,12
Page 142: 1,4

Homework 9, due Thursday Apr. 15 in class:
Page 149: 2,7,8
Page 158: 1,2,4a,4b,5

(There will be no homework due Apr. 22)

Homework 10, due Thursday Apr. 29 in class:
Page 161: 3,5
Page 166: 8
Page 167: 1,2,6,27
Page 214: 2,5,8,10,11,15

Supplementary problems, not to be turned in (to be discussed maybe during the review session:
Page 227: 5,6,7,10,11,14
Page 232: 9

Reading:
For Feb 2: Chapter 1 and 2.1-2.5
For Feb 9: 2.6-2.8
For Feb 16: 2.9-2.11
For Feb 25: no further reading
For Mar 16: 2.12-3.2
For Mar 23: 3.3-3.8
For Apr 6: 3.9-3.10
For Apr 20: 3.11, 5.1,5.2