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MTHE 217 - Algebraic Structures with Applications

Fall 2017


* Instructor

Fady Alajaji
Office: Jeffery Hall, Room 402
Telephone: 533-2423
E-mail: fa@queensu.ca

* Teaching Assistant

Greg Harrington
E-mail: 12gth@queensu.ca


* Announcements


* Lectures

Tuesday 3:30 (Jeffery 127), Wednesday 9:30 (Jeffery 126), Thursday 4:30 (Jeffery 127).

* Tutorials

Monday 11:30 -- Jeffery Hall, Room 127.
(Tutorials will be run by the TA. They are devoted for quizes, solving illustrative problems and for students to ask questions about the course material.)

* Homeworks

The course will have 10 homeworks in total. The homeworks will not be collected. However, a problem from the homeworks (or a variation thereof) will appear in the corresponding quiz. Solutions to the homeworks will be posted after their corresponding quiz was held.

* Quizzes

The course will have 4 quizzes, each 20 minutes long and worth 5%. Each quiz will be held at the beginning of a tutorial lecture. The schedule of quizzes is available here.


* Office Hours

Thursday 1:30 - 2:30, or by appointment.

Students are also welcome to drop by the Math Help and Study Center (Jeffery Hall, Room 201) to ask for help from dedicated tutors (appointments are not required).

* Textbook and Notes

Class Notes
Online Lecture Notes (by. F. Alajaji and A. Hoefel): updated weekly.
J. F. Humphreys and M. Y. Prest, Numbers, Groups and Codes, Second Edition, Cambridge University Press, 2004.


* Grading

Quizzes: 20%
Midterm Exam: 30%
Final Exam: 50%

Note: The Midterm Exam is scheduled for Week 8: Tuesday, October 31, 2017.

All assignments and exams in this course will receive numerical marks. The final grade students receive for the course will be derived by converting their numerical course average to a letter grade according to the Queens Official Grade Conversion Scale.

* Policy for Missing Exams:

There will be no makeup exams. If a student misses the midterm due to severe illness or a personal tragedy, then the final exam will count towards 80% of the student's mark.

* Students with Special Needs:

Students with diverse learning styles and needs are welcome at Queen's. In particular, if you have a disability or health consideration that may require accommodations, please feel free to approach me and/or Queen's Student Accessibility Services.

* Academic Integrity:

Academic integrity is constituted by the five core fundamental values of honesty, trust, fairness, respect and responsibility. These values are central to the building, nurturing and sustaining of an academic community in which all members of the community will thrive. Adherence to the values expressed through academic integrity forms a foundation for the "freedom of inquiry and exchange of ideas" essential to the intellectual life of the University. Students are responsible for familiarizing themselves with the regulations concerning academic integrity and for ensuring that their assignments conform to the principles of academic integrity. Information on academic integrity is available on these websites: Arts and Science and Engineering and Applied Science.

Departures from academic integrity include plagiarism, use of unauthorized materials, facilitation, forgery and falsification, and are antithetical to the development of an academic community at Queen's. Given the seriousness of these matters, actions which contravene the regulation on academic integrity carry sanctions that can range from a warning or the loss of grades on an assignment to the failure of a course to a requirement to withdraw from the university.


* Outline

The purpose of the course is to provide an introduction to elementary abstract algebraic systems, and to illustrate the concepts with engineering applications. Topics covered are: