Math 120A (44716) - Fall 2018

Group Theory

Lecturer Dr. Neil Donaldson
Office RH 472
Office Hours MW 12-14:00
Lecture Times MWF 9-9:50 DBH 1600

Teaching Assistant Matt Levy
Discussion Times TuTh 8-8:50 SH 174
Office/Hours Tu 9-11/RH250B, Th 2-3/RH248

Course Text and Syllabus We will cover most of parts I--III of A First Course in Abstract Algebra, John B. Fraleigh, 7th Ed, Addison Wesley. In particular we will study Binary Relations, Group Axioms, Subgroups, Permutation Groups, Orbits, Cosets and Lagrange's Theorem, Normal Subgroups, Factor Groups and the 1st Isomorphism Theorem. Group actions will be covered if time permits.
The book is not required --- homework questions and notes will be typed and posted on the homework page --- although the same book covers the remainder of the 120 sequence, so it is recommended if you are taking those classes.
For a more detailed syllabus including sections covered per day and assessments click here

Assessment The final grade for the course will be tentatively be computed as follows: 45% Final Exam, 25% Midterm, 20% Quizzes, 10% Homework Add/Drop & Enrollment Questions

In Mathematics classes, decisions pertaining to wait-lists, adds, drops, and pass/no-pass changes are NOT made by Instructors. Refer here for information on how to navigate the system. Essentially you have til the end of week 2 to complete all adds, drops and grade changes, all of which is done online.

Class Policies + Grading
Academic Honesty Both the Math department and UCI take a dim view of dishonest behavior with regards to assessments: submitting another's work as your own, copying during exams, bringing notes to exams, etc. Harsh penalties are in place for students who are caught; depending on the seriousness you may be given an F for the assessment, for the class as a whole, or even suspended from the University.

Other resources While office hours and discussion sessions will hopefully be enough to get you through the course, other resources are available. In particular,