MTH 316 
TuTh 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Lippitt Hall 205

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

Office Hours:

Textbook: Contemporary Abstract Algebra 9th. edition   
Joseph A. Gallian
Brooks/Cole;, Cengage Learning   ISBN-13: 978-1305657960   ISBN: 1305657969
The author has a webpage dedicated to the book, you can find it by following this link. The second, third and fourth items are particularly enlightening and well worth reading.

About the course: This is an introductory course mostly in Groups and Ring theory. There will be an emphasis on proofs in this course, so some mathematical maturity is expected.

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.

Syllabus for the course: The syllabus for the class can be found HERE

Prerequisites:  MTH 215, MTH 307 or equivalent.

Grading Policy:

Your grade will be determined by your scores on

  • Weekly or biweekly Quiz:           15%
  • Exam I:                                       25%     Thursday    March   1st.
  • Exam II:                                      25%     Thursday    April   12th.
  • Final:       :                               35%   (cumulative)     Thursday   May   3rd.    8:00 - 11:00 AM
  • 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 (

    Academic Honesty: All submitted work must be your own. If you consult other sources (class readings, articles or books from the library, articles available through internet databases, or websites) these MUST be properly documented, or you will be charged with plagiarism and will receive an F for the paper. In some cases, this may result in a failure of the course as well. In addition, the charge of academic dishonesty will go on your record in the Office of Student Life. If you have any doubt about what constitutes plagiarism, visit the following websites: the URI Student Handbook, and Sections 8.27.10 -- 8.27.21 of the University Manual.

    Religious holidays It is the policy of the University of Rhode Island to accord students, on an individual basis, the opportunity to observe their traditional religious holidays. Students desiring to observe a holiday of special importance must provide written notification to each instructor according to the procedure set forth in Sections 8.51.11 & 8.51.12 of the University Manual ( )

    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.