Abstract algebra arose from the realization that the algebraic arguments we make in mathematical calculations
often have a similiar pattern or structure.
This course is an introduction to abstract algebra, centered around the abstract algebraic structure called a ring,
and the related notion of a field. The course starts with questions about integers and progresses
through more complicated examples so that we see the features that they have in common, and how the notion of a ring
abstracts them.
The course is intended for students interested in mathematics, and the material is necessary for any further studies
in algebra, number theory, geometry, or topology.
One of our concerns in the course will be learning to write good mathematical arguments, and so importance will
be attached to the clarity and simplicity of solutions to homework and exam questions.
Instructor: Mike Roth 
TAs: Asia Matthews and James McLean 
Office Hours: Mondays 15:30–16:20 and Wednesdays 16:30–17:30, in Jeff 201/202 
Textbook: Abstract Algebra, by Theodore Shifrin. 
Classes (slot 5) 
Tutorials 
Tutorial Location 
Tues. 9:30–10:30 
Mon. 11:30–12:30 
Jeff 234 
Thurs. 8:30–9:30 
Wed. 8:30–9:30 
Jeff 225 
Fri. 10:30–11:30 

All classes are in Jeff 225. 
Grading Scheme


Homework 
30% 
Midterm 
30% 
Final 
40% 
There are twelve homework assignments during the semester.
The lowest two of these twelve grades will be dropped when computing the homework grade for the course.
Important Dates

Midterm Exam 
Feb. 28 
7–9pm 
Jeff 127 
Final 
Apr. 18 
9am–12pm 
Goodes Hall 