Sankar Sitaraman

**Hours:**

Class meets MWF DGH 138, 2.10 -1 pm

**Text and Syllabus**
*Topics in Algebra* by I. N. Herstein
, third edition (second edition is also fine)

We will also use Robert Ash's ebook Basic Abstract Algebra available for free
from his website, occasionally for certain topics.

Syllabus: Basic group theory, and an intro to Sylow theory and basics of Ring theory

Applications will be treated as time permits

*OFFICE HOURS*

Office: 219, ASB-B (behind Locke). Hours: MWF 1.10 to 2
am.

You are welcome to come at other times also but please
call 806-6832 or e-mail ssitaraman "(insert @ here)" howard.edu beforehand,
if possible.

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**Homeworks, Tests, Grades, and all that stuff**

Homework problems will be given almost every class. It is your
responsibility to be aware of them, either by attending class or by talking
to students in your study group. It is highly recommended that you meet
with students in your study group atleast once a week. The problems can
be turned in anytime before the day that homework set is due, but no late
homeworks will be accepted. You can collaborate with other students and
also talk to me during office hours. The homeworks, while easier to get
points than the tests, should not be taken lightly. They are crucial in
understanding the material, keeping up-to-date with the class, and also
in preparing for the tests.

There will be 2 in-class tests apart from the final exam. The dates of the tests are given below. No make-ups will be given.

**Grading:**

Total: 500 points (HW: 100, Tests: 200, Final: 200 )

A: 450-500

B: 400-449

C: 350-399

D: 300-349

F: Below 300

**Dates to remember:** All tests (including possibly
final exams) will be in regular class meeting room
**Mon, Oct 3: Test I**
**Fri, Nov 18: Test II**
**Wed, Dec 7 to Tue, Dec 13 -- final exam (exact date
and location TBA)**