MATH 228 - Algebra: Introduction to Ring Theory

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  • Algebra: Introduction to Ring Theory

    Math 228 Lec A1, Spring 2011

    Instructor: Hongjia Chen

    CAB 495, (780)492-0222,

    Course web page:

    Office hours: Tue, Thu: 14:00-16:00, or by appointment.

    Lectures: MTWRF: 12:00-13:10, CEB 251, beginning May 9th, 2011.

    Grading policy: midterm 25%, final 45%, homework assignments 20%, quizzes 10%.

    Assignments:They will be posted online on the course web page once per week and due by the time indicated onthem. The completed assignments must be placed in the assignment box on the third floor inCAB with the course number (Math 228) and my name on it.

    Exams and quizzes:There will be two examinations: midterm and final. The midterm will be held in class on 27th May.The time and location of final exam will be be posted on BearTracks later. There will be two in-classquizzes. The first one will be held on Thursday, 19th May and another is on Wednesday, 8thJune.

    Materials to be Covered:Integers, divisibility, mathematical induction, equivalence relations, integers modulo n, rings, complexnumbers, polynomials, integral domains, fields, ideals, quotient rings.

    Prerequisite: Any linear algebra course. Credit for MATH 228 cannot be obtained if credit forMATH 326 has been already obtained.

    Required textbook: Abstract Algebra: An Introduction, second edition by Thomas W. Hungerford

    Notes:Cell phones are to be turned off during the lectures and exams. Calculators will not be allowedduring the quizzes and exams.

    Missed midterm exam: A student who is absent from the midterm exam because of acceptablereasons such as incapacitating illness, severe domestic affliction, or religious convictions can applyfor transferring the midterm weight to the final exam. Applications for a weight transfer must bemade to the instructor within 48 hours of the missed exam and must be supported by a completedUniversity of Alberta Medical Statement Form or other appropriate documentation. Deferred termwork is a privilege and not a right; there is no guarantee that a deferral will be granted.


  • Deferred final examination: A student who has missed a final exam because of incapacitatingillness, severe domestic affliction or other compelling reason (including religious conviction) may applyfor a deferred exam. To apply for a deferred exam, a student must present supporting documentation(such as University of Alberta Medical Statement Form) pertaining to the absence to their Facultyoffice within two working days following the scheduled date of the exam missed, or as soon as thestudent is able, having regard to the circumstances underlying the absence. Deferred examinationsare a privilege and not a right; there is no guarantee that a deferred examination will be granted.Deferred exams must be written within two weeks of the date of the final examination missed.

    Academic integrity:Policy about course outlines can be found in section 23.4(2) of the University Calendar.

    Students who require accommodation in this course due to a disability are advised to discuss theirneeds with Specialized Support & Disability Services (2-800 Students Union Building).

    The University of Alberta is committed to the highest standards of academic integrity and honesty.Students are expected to be familiar with these standards regarding academic honesty and to upholdthe policies of the University in this respect. Students are particularly urged to familiarize themselveswith the provisions of the Code of Student Behaviour (online at and avoid any behaviour which could potentially result in suspicions of cheating,plagiarism, misrepresentation of facts and/or participation in an offence. Academic dishonesty is aserious offence and can result in suspension or expulsion from the University.



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