MATH  356  Abstract Algebra    Spring 2005


Instructor : Preeti Raman                        Meeting Time : 11:00AM – 11:50AM , MWF  Room : GRB 212W

Instructor’s office : HB454                     Phone : 713-348-3283 Fax :713- 348-5231       E-mail :

Office Hours : Monday and Friday 2:30pm – 3:30pm OR by an appointment

Homepage :


Text Book : A First Course In Abstract Algebra ”, 7th edition, John B. Fraleigh ;  Published by Addison Wesley.


Course Description : Main topics are -- Groups: normal subgroups, factor groups, Abelian groups. Rings: ideals, Euclidean rings, and unique factorization. Fields: algebraic extensions, finite fields. Students may not take this course and MATH 463. We will go from Chapter 1 through Chapter 6 of the text book. We will also cover parts of Chapters 9 and 10 if time permits.


Grading Procedure : 30% of the final grade will come from homework and another 30% will come from the final exam. There will be two mid-term exams, each contributing 20% of the final grade.


Homework : Homework problems will be posted at the website for this course. Homework is due by 5 pm on the date indicated in "Homework and Schedule". You may either submit the Homework to me at the end of the class on due dates or slide it through my office (HB 454) door. No late homework will be accepted without a valid reason. You are encouraged to discuss homework problems with other students, but you should write them up on your own.  Please staple your homework. Graded homework will be kept in a box just outside my office (HB 454) door.


Exams : There will be two mid-term exams. The exam dates may be found in the website for this course.   Please do not miss any exam.   If you have a conflict, you should contact me before the exam for the possibility to take a make-up exam. No make-ups will be given except in serious and unavoidable circumstances.


Final Exam : On Monday, 05/02/2005, from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon, Room - HUM 119.  No make-ups will be given except in serious and unavoidable circumstances.


Accomodation : Any student with a documented disability needing academic adjustments or accomodations is requested to speak with me during the first two weeks of class. All discussions will remain confidential. Students with disabilities should also contact Disability Support Services in the Ley Student Center.