MTH 316 
Abstract Algebra
TuTh 3:30-4:45 PM
Lippit Hall 205

Instructor:    Araceli Bonifant  
Office: Lippit Hall 200B
Phone: 874-4394

Office Hours: Wednesday 1:00 - 3:00 PM

Practice Problems Exam I

Textbook: Elements of Modern Algebra, 7th. Edition
Brooks/Cole; ISBN-10: 0495561363

About the course: This is an introductory course mostly in Groups and Ring theory, we will hopefully also cover some topics on Field Theory. Some mathematical maturity is expected, since the requirements for this class are Linear Algebra (MTH215) and Introduction to Mathematical Rigor (MTH307).

Clicking here Course Schedule you will get a detailed syllabus of the course. The syllabus is always subject to change according to the needs of the class.

Prerequisites:  MTH 215, MTH 307 or equivalent.

Policies: You are expected to abide by the University's civility policy:

"The University of Rhode Island is committed to developing and actively protecting a class environment in which respect must be shown to everyone in order to facilitate the expression, testing, understanding, and creation of a variety of ideas and opinions. Rude, sarcastic, obscene or disrespectful speech and disruptive behavior have a negative impact on everyone's learning and are considered unacceptable. The course instructor will have disruptive persons removed from the class."

Cell phones, IPods, beepers and any electronic device must be turned off in class.

You are required to do your own work unless specifically told otherwise by your instructor. In support of honest students, those discovered cheating on assignments or exams will receive a grade of zero on the assignment or exam. Use of unauthorized aids such as cheat sheets or information stored in calculator memories or any other electronic devices, will be considered cheating. The Mathematics Department and the University strongly promote academic integrity.

Grading Policy:

Your grade will be determined by your scores on

  • Weekly Quiz:               20%
  • Exam I:                         25%     Thursday    October   7th.
  • Exam II:                        25%     Tuesday    November   9th.
  • Final:                            30%   (cumulative)     Tuesday   December   14th.    3:00 - 6:00 PM
  • Homework: Homework will be assigned weekly but not collected or graded.  However the weekly quiz may be based on homework assignments.

    Quizzes: There will be weekly quizzes.  The quiz will be given on Thursday unless otherwise specified.  I will drop the lowest quiz at the end of the term.

    There will be no make up quizzes or exams.

    Illness Due to Flu: The H1N1 Flu Pandemic may impact classes this semester. If any of us develop flu-like symptoms, we are being advised to stay home until the fever has subsided for 24 hours. So, if you exhibit such symptoms, please do not come to class. Notify me at 874-4394 or email me at of your status, and we will communicate by email or by phone. We will work together to ensure that course instruction and work is completed for the semester.

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    Special Accommodations:
    Students who need special accommodations and who have documentation from Disability Services should make arrangements with their instructor as soon as possible. Students should contact Disability Services for Students, Office of Student Life, 330 Memorial Union, 874-2098.