## Syllabus for Math 451: Abstract Algebra I

### Section 1

## Fall 2008

**Prerequisite**: By permission *only*

**Text**: Michael Artin's *Algebra*, Prentice Hall, 1991, ISBN 0-13-004763-5.

**Meeting times**: The lecture will be held every Monday and Thursday from 10:20am until 11:40am in the
Science and Engineering Resource
Center (SEC) room 217 on Busch Campus.

**Lecturer**:

**Course topics**: We will cover selections from the first 9 chapters
of Artin's *Algebra*. I plan to cover most or all of chapters 2 (basic group theory), 5 (groups and
symmetry), 6 (more group theory including the Sylow theorems), and 9 (group representation theory).
Although we will be focusing on group theory, we may delve into the chapters on linear algebra (1, 3, 4, and 7)
as needed.

The term grade will be based on the results of the
examinations and the solutions of the
homework problems. We will have 2 midterm (80 minute) exams and a final exam.
Homework be assigned during most lectures and will be collected
each Thursday. Here are the weights of the different
components: