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 or by appointment

The TA will be Xiyuan Wang (xwang151 [at] math.jhu.edu) in Krieger 202. Xiyuan will be available for office hours and in the Math Help Room at times that are TBA.

Textbook: Groups and Symmetry by M.A. Armstrong
We will be covering most of the book (all but chapters 20, 22-23, and 27-28).
For an introduction to proofs, please see these notes by Michael Hutchings.

Problem sets: Problem sets 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. Collaboration on homework is allowed and encouraged. However, each student must write up their solutions individually and in their own words.
Class participation: To satisfy the class participation requirement, each student must ask one mathematical question or make mathematical comment in class at least once before the midterm and at least once after the midterm. An acceptable question might be: "would you remind us what X means?" or "could you explain why you are using this notation?" I will do everything I can to help everyone satisfy the class participation requirement.
Exams and grades: There will be one in-class midterm, on Wednesday, March 14. Grades will be assigned based on the following formula: 10% class participation, 30% homework, plus either 20% midterm and 40% final exam, or else 60% final exam, whichever is higher. (Make-up exams for the midterm will not be offered.)

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.