110.401: Introduction to Abstract Algebra Return to David Savitt's home page


Instructor: David Savitt
Office: Krieger 212
Email: savitt@math...
Office Hours: Wednesdays 3-4 pm

The TA will be Xiyuan Wang (xwang151 [at] math.jhu.edu) in Krieger 202. Xiyuan will be available for office hours on Fridays 10:55-11:55 am, and in the Math Help Room on Mondays 7-9 pm.

Textbook: Groups and Symmetry by M.A. Armstrong
We will be covering most of the book (all but chapters 23, 27, and 28).
For an introduction to proofs, please see these notes by Michael Hutchings.

Homework: Assignments will generally be posted here each Monday and due in class the following Monday. Late homework will not be accepted without a valid reason, but your two lowest homework scores will be dropped. You may solve homework problems in collaboration with other students in the class, but the write-ups must be your own.
Exams and grades: There will be three in-class midterm exams, on Monday, October 9, Wednesday, November 8, and Wednesday, December 6. The homework and the three midterms will each contribute 25% to your course grade. Make-up exams for midterms will not be offered. Instead, a student may be excused from a midterm for a valid reason (e.g. illness or accident). In that case, the student's score for the missed midterm will be calculated based on the performance on the other midterm and the final.

Ethics statement: The strength of the university depends on academic and personal integrity. In this course, you must be honest and truthful. Ethical violations include cheating on exams, plagiarism, reuse of assignments, improper use of the Internet and electronic devices, unauthorized collaboration, alteration of graded assignments, forgery and falsification, lying, facilitating academic dishonesty, and unfair competition. Report any violations you witness to the instructor. You may consult the associate dean of student conduct (or designee) by calling the Office of the Dean of Students at 410-516-8208 or via email at integrity@jhu.edu. For more information, see the Homewood Student Affairs site on academic ethics or the e-catalog entry on the undergraduate academic ethics board.

Disability services: Any student with a disability who may need accommodations in this class must obtain an accommodation letter from Student Disability Services, 385 Garland, (410) 516-4720, studentdisabilityservices@jhu.edu To obtain accommodations for an exam, please give me a copy of your letter at least one week in advance of the exam.

Anxiety, stress, and mental health: If you are struggling with anxiety, stress, depression or other mental health related concerns, please consider visiting the JHU Counseling Center. If you are concerned about a friend, please encourage that person to seek out their services. The Counseling Center is located at 3003 North Charles Street in Suite S-200 and can be reached at 410-516-8278 and online here.