 Description:
 Algebra is a subject with extremely concrete origins: it is the language
of the everyday manipulation of symbols, and the solution of equations. It
is the language of computation in coordinates, of differential operators,
and of symmetries. At the same time, it can be quite abstract; modern
algebra is also the language of relations between objects, sometimes
divorced from the objects themselves. This course is the second part of
the graduate core algebra sequence. Its aim is to introduce the algebraic
concepts which are common knowledge for the working mathematician, and to
make the link between the abstract definitions and their concrete
incarnations.
 Prerequisites:
 MATH893* or equivalent.
 Instructor:
 Gregory G. Smith (512 Jeffery Hall, 5332438,
ggsmith@mast.queensu.ca)
 Lectures:
Tuesday, 13:0014:30 in 319 Jeffery Hall
Thursday, 12:0013:30 in 319 Jeffery Hall
 Office Hours:
Tuesday, 14:3015:30 in 201 Jeffery hall
Wednesday, 15:3016:30 in 201 Jeffery Hall
 References:
 [DF]
 David S. Dummit
and Richard M. Foote,
Abstract
Algebra, Third Edition,
John Wiley and Sons,
Inc., 2004, ISBN 9780471433347
 [L]
 Serge Lang, Algebra, Revised Third Edition, Graduate Texts in
Mathematics 211, Springer,
2002, ISBN 9780387953854
 Assessment:
 The course grade will be computed as follows:
 40% Homework
 30% "Inclass" Exam
 30% "Takehome" Exam
 Exam:
 The final exam will on Tuesday, 24 April 2012 from 09:0012:00 in 312 Jeff.
 Homework:

Problem sets are posted in PDF on the lectures
webpage. Your browser can be trained to open these files with the
free program Acrobat Reader (or
other PDF
viewer). Problem sets will be collected at the beginning of class on
Thursday; late homework will not be accepted. Your best ten
problem sets will determine your homework grade. Graded homework can be
picked up in the Math 894 boxes outside of 201 Jeffery Hall.
 Written work:

We write to communicate. Please bear this in mind as you
complete assignments and exams. Work must be neat and legible to
receive consideration. You must explain your work in order to
obtain full credit; an assertion is not an answer.
 Technology:

Students are strongly encouraged to use all available technology on the
homework, but no technical aids will be allowed on the exam.
 Disabilities:

Students with disabilities, who will be taking this course and may need
disabilityrelated accommodations, are encouraged to make an appointment
to see the instructor as soon as possible. Also, please contact the
Disability Services to
register for support services.
 Academic intergrity:

It is the obligation of each student to understand the
University's policies regarding academic intergrity and to uphold these
standards. Students are encouraged to talk about the problems but should
write up the solutions individually. Students should acknowledge the
assistance of any books, software, students, or professors.