Math 331-2: MENU: Abstract Algebra Winter 2008/2009
All reading and homework is from Dummit and Foote. Since I will make changes in the schedule, you should make a point of checking frequently to be sure you have the most up to date list of assigned problems and due dates.

The listed exercises should be handed in at the beginning of lecture on the due date indicated.

Note that there are two reading/review assignments on material from linear algebra.

# Assignments Last updated: January 4, 2009

HW # Date Topic(s) Sections Homework due date
1 Mon 1/5 Basic Definitions 7.1 1, 11 M 1/12
2 Wed 1/7 Basic Definitions 7.1 13, 14, 17, 18 M 1/12
3 Fri 1/9 Examples 7.2
4 Mon 1/12 Examples 7.2 2, 3, 4, 8 W 1/21
5 Wed 1/12 Homomorphisms; Quotients 7.3 5, 6, 8, 10 W 1/21
6 Fri 1/16 Homomorphisms; Quotients 7.3 13, 16, 17 19, 26, 28 W 1/21
MLK Mon 1/19 Martin Luther King Day
7 Wed 1/21 Properties of Ideals 7.4 7, 8, 10, 33* (* = hard) M 1/26
8 Fri 1/23 Rings of Fractions 7.5 5 M 1/26
9 Mon 1/26 Euclidean Domains 8.1 10 M 2/2
10 Wed 1/28 Principal Ideal Domains 8.2 3, 4, 5 M 2/2
11 Fri 1/30 Unique Factorization Domains 8.3 (pp. 283-289 only) 8a M 2/2
12 Mon 2/2 Basic Properties of Polynomial Rings 9.1 4, 5, 6, 13 M 2/9
13 Wed 2/4 Polynomials over Fields
Gauss' Lemma
9.2
pp. 303-304
1, 2, 7, 8

M 2/9

HT F 2/6 Midterm
14 Mon 2/9 Irreducibility
Polynomials over fields, II
9.4
9.5
1,3,4

M 2/9
M 2/9
15 Wed 2/11 Modules: Basic definitions 10.1 3, 5, 8 M 2/16
16 Fri 2/13 Modules: Basic definitions 10.1 18, 19, 20 M 2/16
17 Mon 2/16 Quotients and homomorphisms 10.2 1, 3, 7, 8, 10 M 2/23
18 Wed 2/18 Generation of modules, etc. 10.3 4, 6 M 2/23
19 Fri 2/20 Generation of modules, etc. 10.3 22a M 2/23
Reading/review   Definitions; basic theory 11.1 1, 6, 7 M 2/23
Reading/review   Matrix of a linear transformation 11.2 (pp. 415-420 only)
20 Mon 2/23 Modules over PIDs: Basic theory 12.1
21 Wed 2/25 Modules over PIDs: Basic theory 12.1 2, 3, 5, 6, 11 M 3/3
No Class Fri 2/27
22 Mon 3/2 Rational Canonical Form 12.2 11,19 M 3/9
23 Wed 3/4 Jordan Canonical Form 12.3
24 Fri 3/6 Jordan Canonical Form 12.3 2, 22, 26 M 3/9
25 Mon 3/9 Course Overview 12.3
Tue 3/10 -
Sun 3/13