Syllabus |

*In mathematics you don't
understand things. You just get used to them*.

-- John von Neumann, Nobel Prize winner.

**Time and Place:**5 pm MW at 513 Smith Hall.**Instructor:**Peter Saveliev (call me Peter)**Office:**778F Smith Hall (in the alley)**Office Hours:**TR 1:30-4:30 (tentative), or by appointment, or any time I am there (usually in the afternoon)**Office Phone:**x4639**Home Phone:**697-7827 (9 a.m. - 8 p.m.)**E-mail:**saveliev@marshall.edu (put Math 450 as the subject)**Class Web-Page:**http://saveliev.net/m450.htm.**Prerequisites:**the ability to understand and write proofs.**Text:***Contemporary Abstract Algebra*by Gallian**Goals:**good familiarity with groups,**Evaluation:**2 tests, final exam, weekly homework, quizzes.**Grade Breakdown:**

- homework + quizzes: 40%

- 2 exams: 15% each

- final exam: 30%**Letter Grades:**A: 90-100, B: 80-89, C: 70-79, D: 60-69, F: <60

MTH 450 - 3 - Modern Algebra I |

Structure of the abstract mathematical systems: fields, rings, groups, with illustrations and applications from number theory. (PR: MTH 230 ; REC: MTH 300) |