MA 4163/6163 - Syllabus















MA 4163/6163, January 7, 2013

Meeting times and location:   MWF 12:00 - 12:50 pm,      Allen 411

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MA 4163/6163 covers group theory: the mathematical theory of symmetry. Topics include: definition and elementary properties of groups; basic structure results on normal subgroups, quotient groups, and homomorphisms; the Sylow Theorems; and composition series, chief series, and solvable groups.

The prerequisite is MA 3163; or equivalent mathematical maturity and experience.

My contact info:
     Dr. Russ Woodroofe
     Allen 418
     Office hours: Thursday 12 - 3pm
                     + by appt
     rwoodroofe at math,msstate,edu           

IM Isaacs, Algebra: A Graduate Course.
We will cover selected topics from Chapters 1 - 8, and may cover additional topics as time allows. I will update the schedule periodically with a record of the topics covered.

There will be a homework assignment almost every week. You may collaborate with other students in the course if you wish. If you do collaborate substantially, then you should indicate this on your homework paper. Your write-up should in any case be entirely your own.

Your grade will be based on 2 in-class midterm exams and one final exam, together with weekly homeworks and possibly an occasional quiz, in the proportions
Midterm exams                     20% each
Final exam30%
Homework and quizzes30%

I have scheduled the midterms for February 11th and March 25th.
The final is scheduled by the University for April 29th, 12:00 - 3:00 pm.

If you are taking the course Pass/Fail, you need to do the equivalent of C work to pass.

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