Prerequisite: MATH 601 (Abstract Algebra I)
Text: Abstract Algebra, Third Edition, By D. Dummit and R. Foote (ISBN 978-0-471-43334-7)
This course is a continuation of MATH 601, and builds on the themes of that course. We will study polynomial rings, module theory, field theory and Galois theory. The course covers material selected from Chapters 9 through 14 of the text. Your grade is determined by written assignments, a midterm, and a final exam. Details follow.
Final Exam: The final exam covers all material discussed in class after the midterm. It is closed-book and closed-notes. Given that our non-standard meeting time spreads across two blocks, we have a choice of final exam days. The exam will be 1:00–3:50, either on Friday May 3 or Monday May 6, according to student input. In writing the final exam, I will assume that you have been studying the material at least 8 hours per week outside of class, throughout the entire semester.
Attendance: I do not take attendance. Please be aware that you are responsible for all material covered in class
Internet: Information about this course is posted on my web page (not on Blackboard). Go to my home page http://www.people.vcu.edu/~rhammack/ and click on "Schedule" and then "Math 602." There you will find the syllabus, a calendar, homework assignments, and other materials.
Office: Please feel free to stop by my office whenever you have a question,
or if you just want to chat. If my posted hours are inconvenient, I will be
happy to schedule an appointment.
Tell me if you are having trouble. Catching up can be very difficult once
you get behind, so let me know as soon as you think there is a problem.