Math 490A: Introduction to Abstract Algebra for Future Teachers

George Avrunin
LGRT 1335D
Office hours:
Mondays, 3-4 and Thursdays 10:30-11:30. You're also always welcome to look for me in my office; if I'm there and not busy, I'll be happy to talk to you and if I am busy, we can make an appointment for another time. (Note that I will probably need to make occasional changes in my office hour schedule during the semester. I will announce any such changes here and in class.)
Class meetings:
TuTh 1:00-2:15, LGRT 202.
Required textbook:
Ronald S. Irving, Integers, Polynomials, and Rings. You can read this for free through the library at this site;click on "other formats and editions" for the ebook. If you go to and search on the author and title, you can scroll down to the pdf. Clicking on that will let you read the book online. (You can download parts of the book, but the rules are complicated, so I'd suggest that you not do any downloading until we talk about it in class.) You can also buy an ebook version or softcover or hardcover books from Springer. I will talk about these alternatives on the first day of class.