 
Summary: Syllabus for Math 430, Abstract Algebra, Fall 2010
Instructor: Dr. Elizabeth Arnold
email: arnoldea@math.jmu.edu
Phone: 5686532
URL: www.math.jmu.edu/~arnoldea
Office: Roop 111
Office Hours: MWF 12:101:10 and by appointment.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This is a one semester course of introductory abstract algebra cov
ering groups, rings and applications. We will try to cover Chapters 017 of the text at the rate of
approximately 1 chapter per week. Prerequisites are Math 238 and Math 245. This is a proofbased
course.
TEXTS: Contemporary Abstract Algebra, J. Gallian, Seventh edition (required).
Supplementary Texts: (not required)
A First Course in Abstract Algebra, Fraleigh (undergrad, also used at JMU)
Topics in Algebra, Herstein (advanced undergrad)
Algebra, M. Artin (advanced undergrad)
Abstract Algebra, Dummit and Foote (advanced undergrad/grad  verbose)
Algebra, Hungerford (grad  terse)
245 Texts
GRADING: The grading will be assigned on the following scale: A: 90100, B: 8089, C: 7079,
