Math 3360, Applicable Algebra

Spring 2017, Cornell University

Instructor: Martin Kassabov, Malott 537
e-mail: kassabov@math.cornell.edu
Lecture: Section 1: MWF 10:10 - 11:00am in 251 Malott Hall
  Section 2: MWF 12:20 - 1:10pm in 112 Rockefeller Hall
Office hours: Th 2:00 - 3:30pm and F 1:30 - 3:00 pm in 537 Malott Hall
Teaching Assistants Romin Abdolahzadi (Swee was a TA only until the spring break)
e-mail: ra539@cornell.edu
Office hours: W 3:00 - 4:00 pm and Th 3:00 - 4:00pm in 218 Malott Hal
Textbooks: The course text book is A Concrete Introduction to Higher Algebra, by L. N. Childs. Electronic version of the textbook is available for free through Cornell Library. Please take 15 or 20 minutes before each lecture to read the sections of the books that will be covered. It helps to be familiar with the terminology we will use and the theorems that we will discuss. The lecture schedule is be available on the homeworks page.
Grading:Final exam (25%), Three Preliminary exams (15%, 20% and 20%), Homework (20%).
Web-site: http://www.math.cornell.edu/~kassabov/math3360
Syllabus PDF
Homework: There will be weekly problem sets over the course of the semester. Your lowest problem set grade will be dropped when computing your final homework grade.

No late homework will be accepted!

Problem sets will be posted most Wednesdays, and will be due the following Monday. You may work together on your assignments, and you are encouraged to do so. However, you must write up your final solutions by yourself. Your work must be written neatly and legibly. Proofs should be written in complete English sentences. Your homework score will be determined not only by the correctness of the responses, but also by the correctness of the grammar.

Students may work together on homework but must write up their work individually. The homework will be graded and it is the student’s responsibility to make sure that his or her work is written clearly (this refers both to handwriting and style of prose). The homework is due each Monday in class.

Exams: There will be three prelims, and final exam. The first prelim will be inclass around February 15th; the second one will take home due at end of March (you will be allowed to consult your text and your course notes, but you should not discuss the exam with your fellow students); the third will be evening prelim on April 20th.

For the group project you will be divided in small groups, the projects will be due on the last day of classes

Academic integrity: As always, you are expected to abide by the Cornell Code of Academic Integrity. This states, “ A Cornell student’s submission of work for academic credit indicates that the work s the student’s own. All outside assistance should be acknowledged, and the student’s academic position truthfully reported at all times. ”
If you have questions about homework, exams, or grades, please come talk to me during my office hours or send me email.