MTH 316 
TuTh 12:30-1:45 PM
Tyler Hall 106

Instructor:    Araceli Bonifant  
Office: Lippitt Hall 202G
Phone: 874-4394

Office Hours:

Textbook: Contemporary Abstract Algebra 8th. edition   
Joseph A. Gallian
Brooks/Cole;, Cengage Learning   ISBN-13: 9781133599708   ISBN: 1133599702

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).

The rapid pace of the class requires that you spend time every day doing homework, reviewing notes, reading the textbook, and working out extra problems, all in addition to the time spent in class.

This is a challenging course. Success requires that you keep pace with the work, understand course concepts, and study effectively.

Prerequisites:  MTH 215, MTH 307 or equivalent.

Grading Policy:

Your grade will be determined by your scores on

  • Weekly or biweekly Quiz:           20%
  • Exam I:                                       25%     Thursday    March   12nd.
  • Exam II:                                      25%     Thursday    April   23rd.
  • Final:                                   30%   (cumulative)     Tuesday   May   5th.    11:30 AM - 2:30 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 or biweekly 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.

    Accommodations: Any student with a documented disability is welcome to contact me as early in the semester as possible so that we may arrange reasonable accommodations. As part of this process, please be in touch with Disability Services for Students Office at 330 Memorial Union, 401-874-2098 (

    Illness due to flu: The nation is experiencing widespread influenza-like illness. 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 of your status, and we will communicate through the medium we have established for the class. We will work together to ensure that course instruction and work is completed for the semester.
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    Electronic Devices: Cell phones, laptos, ipads, ipods, etc. should be turned off during class. Excepted from this are electronic pads used for notetaking. ``texting'' is not allowed.