 
Summary: Syllabus for Math 431, Abstract Algebra, Spring 2011
Instructor: Dr. Elizabeth Arnold
email: arnoldea@math.jmu.edu
Phone: 5686532
URL: www.math.jmu.edu/~arnoldea
Office: Roop 111
Office Hours: MWF 12:301:30 and by appointment.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This is a one semester course that is a continuation of 430. We will
cover rings and fields and special topics possibly including computer algebra or others.
TEXT: Contemporary Abstract Algebra, J. Gallian, Seventh edition (required).
GRADING: The grading will be assigned on the following scale: A: 90100, B: 8089, C: 7079,
D: 6069, F below 60.
There will be no curves and no extra credit. I will assign +/ on an individual basis. WF's will
not be assigned. Points are assigned as follows: Quizzes (10)  100 points, Midterm exams (3) 
100 points each, Homework  up to 100 points, Final exam  100 points
QUIZZES: There will be a 10 point quiz at the beginning of class each Thursday. This quiz will
cover material through the previous class. Quiz questions will be similar (but certainly not limited)
to homework questions. The 10 best quiz scores will be kept, and the rest will be dropped. There
will be no make up quizzes given.
LATEX: As part of our objective to "write" mathematics (as well as to learn it and to speak it)
