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 library.umass.edu 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.
- September 17: I've set regular office hours (see above). In addition to these times, you can always make an appointment (in class, by email, by catching me in my office or the hallway,...) for another time. Also, the homework assignment for Thursday has been postponed; it's now due Tuesday, September 24.
- September 13: Homework for next week is posted on the Assignments page (solutions to the previous homework set are also linked there), and some notes on Chapter 6 are here.
- September 9: Some notes on Chapter 5 are here.
- September 6: The homework for next week is posted on the Assignments page (see link above).
- September 3: The paper by Zalman Usiskin that I mentioned in class is here.
- August 30: Disability Services is in need of a note taker for this class. If you are interested, please email email@example.com with your name, student ID and the course info (MATH 490A, Section 1, Professor Avrunin). Disability Services staff will contact you to confirm and provide you instructions. You may earn 1 undergraduate academic credit (practicum EDUC 398NT) or 45 hours of community service for your efforts.