Class Schedule
All textbook sections come from the official course textbook, Abstract Algebra: A Geometric Approach by Theodore Shifrin. Your homework sets also use many problems from that textbook. For more details, consult the syllabus.
Expect this calendar to update weekly. At the end of each week, we will usually have an extra handout which can either show you more examples or can go through a detailed example more thoroughly. Make sure to check this calendar at least on Mondays and Fridays.
Day 
Book Sections 
Topics / Due Dates 
Monday Jan 5 
1.1 
Intro to course, algebra law demonstration, quick recap of induction 
Wednesday Jan 7 
1.1 
Induction practice, strong induction, wellordering 
Friday Jan 9 
1.1, 1.2 
N choose k and the Binomial Theorem, basics of a  b 
Extra handout of the week: Using a pattern to design an inductive proof
 HW 1, due Monday, January 12, 2015
 WARNING: There was a mistake in the original version on Problem 3 and in Challenge Problem B. The assignment was fixed on January 7, 2015.
 NOTE: If you do not yet have your textbook, here’s a scan of Section 1.1’s exercises.
Day 
Book Sections 
Topics / Due Dates 
Monday Jan 12 
1.2 
HW 1 due
GCD, Euclidean algorithm, more about linear combinations 
Wednesday Jan 14 
1.2 
Relatively prime numbers, The key prime property about p  ab, Fundamental Theorem of Arithmetic 
Friday Jan 16 
1.2, A.3 
Misc results about prime divisors, infinitely many primes, quick review of equivalence classes 
Extra handout of the week: Factoring into powers of primes, and some useful calculations
Day 
Book Sections 
Topics / Due Dates 
Monday Jan 19 

Martin Luther King Jr Day No class 
Wednesday Jan 21 
1.3 
HW 2 due
Definition of a == b (mod m), simplifying some calculations mod m, divisibility tests, squares mod m (part 1) 
Friday Jan 23 
1.3 
Squares mod m (part 2), Fermat’s Little Theorem, Inverses mod m (part 1) 
Extra handout of the week: Practice and results about inverses mod m
Day 
Book Sections 
Topics / Due Dates 
Monday Jan 26 
1.3 
Solving ax == b (mod m), Chinese Remainder Theorem 
Wednesday Jan 28 
1.4 
HW 3 due
Z_m, welldefined functions, basic ring definitions 
Friday Jan 30 
1.4 
Proofs of some ring laws (especially uniqueness results), units and zero divisors in Z_m 
Extra handout of the week: Examples of noncommutative rings
Day 
Book Sections 
Topics / Due Dates 
Monday Feb 2 
2.1 
Ordered rings, proofs of some basic properties 
Wednesday Feb 4 
2.1 
HW 4 due
Building Q out of Z, some remarks about Q[sqrt 2] 
Friday Feb 6 

Test 1 Review 
Practice problems for Test 1: Partial solutions are now on eLC.
 TEST 1 is Monday, February 9, in class. It’s a 55minute test.
 Expect tests to have about 57 questions.
 One question asks you to repeat definitions.
 There’s usually at least one question that makes you repeat a HW problem or class proof.
 Tests are usually around half computation, half proof.
 Just above the class schedule, there is now a link to a list of general study suggestions.
 Expect tests to have about 57 questions.
Day 
Book Sections 
Topics / Due Dates 
Monday Feb 9 

TEST 1 
Wednesday Feb 11 
2.3 
Complex numbers, conjugate, length z, polar form 
Friday Feb 13 
2.3 
More polar form, DeMoivre’s Theorem, finding roots of complex numbers 
Extra handout of the week: More practice with polar form and roots
Day 
Book Sections 
Topics / Due Dates 
Monday Feb 16 
2.3, 2.4 
E^(i*theta) notation, the Quadratic Formula for complex numbers 
Wednesday Feb 18 
2.4 
HW 5 due
Cardano’s Cubic Formula(s) 
Friday Feb 20 
3.1 
Polynomials R[x], basic degree results, long division 
Extra handout of the week: When divisors go bad… counterexamples with polynomial division
Day 
Book Sections 
Topics / Due Dates 
Monday Feb 23 
3.1 
RootFactor Theorem, GCDs of polynomials, associates in F[x] 
Wednesday Feb 25 
3.1 
HW 6 due
Irreducible polynomials, partial fraction decomposition 
Friday Feb 27 
3.3 
Rational Root Theorem, Gauss’s Lemma and using method of undetermined coefficients 
Extra handout of the week: More details and practice with partial fractions
 HW 7, due Wednesday March 4
 TEST 2 is next Friday, March 6, right before Spring Break.
 HW 7 solutions will have to be released a little sooner than usual.
 Review materials should be uploaded by next Monday, March 2.
Day 
Book Sections 
Topics / Due Dates 
Monday Mar 2 
3.3 
Reducing polynomials to Z_p, Eisenstein’s Criterion 
Wednesday Mar 4 

HW 7 due Solutions available soon on eLC… details coming
Test 2 Review 
Friday Mar 6 

TEST 2 
Practice problems for Test 2: Solutions will be posted by Wednesday on eLC.
 TEST 2 is Friday, March 6, right before Spring Break.
 This test will be about the same length as Test 1.
 There will be more emphasis on computation on this test, but you do have some proofs.
Day 
Book Sections 
Topics / Due Dates 
Monday Mar 16 
5.1 (but also see first page of 3.2, maybe) 
Motivation for F[alpha], vector space definition, subspaces and spans 
Wednesday Mar 18 
5.1 
Linear independence, basis, dimension dim_F(V) 
Friday Mar 20 
5.1, 3.2 
Formal definition of F[alpha], the “Degree Extension Formula” 
Extra handout of the week: Linear maps of vector spaces
 HW 8, due Monday March 23
 This should be the only upcoming assignment due on Monday. Most of the questions should be possible with the material covered through Wednesday, but Friday should help give more examples and clarify the concepts. (It will have fewer tricky proofs.)
Day 
Book Sections 
Topics / Due Dates 
Monday Mar 23 
3.2 
HW 8 due
Definition of the minimal polynomial p_alpha(x), simplifying in F[alpha] 
Wednesday Mar 25 
3.2 
Prove p_alpha(x) is irreducible, compute inverses in F[alpha], comparing extensions F[alpha] <= F[beta] (pt 1) 
Friday Mar 27 
3.2, 5.1 
Iterated extensions F[alpha_1, …, alpha_n], splitting fields, comparing extensions (pt 2) 
Extra handout of the week: Extra examples of iterated extensions
 HW 9, due Wednesday April 1
 The first seven problems will be covered this week. The last two problems will be covered in the first class next week.
 The book has fairly limited coverage of iterated extensions F[alpha,beta]. This week’s handout should hopefully demonstrate the main ideas more clearly. If you want the handout released earlier than Friday, let me know.
Day 
Book Sections 
Topics / Due Dates 
Monday Mar 30 
4.1 
Ring homomorphisms, maps from F[alpha] to F[beta] (NOT IN BOOK) 
Wednesday Apr 1 
4.1 
HW 9 due
Ideals, <a_1, …, a_n> 
Friday Apr 3 
4.1 
Kernel of a morphism, principal ideal domains 
Extra handout of the week: Comparing different ideals
Day 
Book Sections 
Topics / Due Dates 
Monday Apr 6 
4.1 
Congruence mod I, Quotients R/I 
Wednesday Apr 8 
4.2 
HW 10 due
Isomorphisms, FHT* 
Friday Apr 10 
4.2 
Practice with FHT and polynomials, Product rings R x S 
*For more background / demonstration, see this handout.
Extra handout of the week: Morphisms to product rings
Day 
Book Sections 
Topics / Due Dates 
Monday Apr 13 
4.2, 4.3 
Harder morphisms with RxS, pictures of Z[i]* 
Wednesday Apr 15 
4.3 
HW 11 due
Division and gcds in Z[i], some info about irreducible elements* 
Friday Apr 17 

Test 3 review 
* The material from Monday and Wednesday will not be on Test 3, but parts of it may show up on the last HW or on the final exam.
Practice problems for Test 3: Solutions will be on eLC on Friday
 Test 3 is next Monday, April 20.
 It is the same length as the first two tests.
 Weekend office hours: Sunday April 19, 2pm to 4pm, in connector between Boyd and Science Library
Day 
Book Sections 
Topics / Due Dates 
Monday Apr 20 

TEST 3 
Wednesday Apr 22 
5.2 
Basic constructions with compass and straightedge, constructible numbers 
Friday Apr 24 
5.2 
Nonconstructible numbers, constructible angles 
Extra handout of the week: More background on constructible angles
 HW 12, due Monday April 27 (last day of class)
 Late HW cannot be accepted for this assignment. It should be completely graded, though, by early Tuesday April 28.
 This HW’s first half deals with Z[i] from last week. If you have questions on it, try to get them addressed before the weekend.
 The final exam takes place in our classroom, Boyd 303.
 The 10:10am section has their test on Wednesday April 29 at 8am!
 The 11:15am section has their test on Friday May 1 at 12pm.
 I will be available mostly all day on Tuesday April 28 for last questions. (There probably won’t be any further practice problems.) Your HW should be graded and ready for pickup on that day.
Last updated: 4/24/15