Math 433
Applied Algebra

Harold P. Boas

First Summer Session 2009

The course

This course is an introduction to the algebraic concepts of groups, rings, and fields, with an emphasis on modular arithmetic. Applications include topics in number theory and coding theory.

The required textbook is Numbers, Groups & Codes, second edition, by J. F. Humphreys and M. Y. Prest, Cambridge University Press, 2004, ISBN 978-0-521-54050-6.

The course covers Chapters 1, 2, 4, and 5; and other topics if time permits.

The prerequisites for this course are Discrete Mathematics (either Math 220 or Math 302) and Linear Algebra (either Math 304 or Math 323).
The course meets 12:00-13:35 in BLOC 160 on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.
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The instructor

The instructor is Dr. Harold P. Boas (email, telephone 979-845-7269). The instructor holds office hours in 202 Milner Hall from 10:30 to 11:30 on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday; and also by appointment.

Exams and grades

There will be a short quiz on most days. The average of the best ten quiz scores will have the same weight as one exam score.

There will be examinations in class on June 12 (Friday of the second week of classes) and on July 1 (Wednesday of the last week of classes). The registrar has reserved July 2 for final examinations for the first summer session, but this class will not have a final examination on that day.

The three grades (the two exams and the quiz average) will be averaged to determine the course grade according to the standard scale: you need an average of 90% for an A, 80% for a B, 70% for a C, and 60% for a D.

Other information

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