MAT 150 A, Fall 2018


Instructor: Eugene Gorsky, egorskiy AT
Office hours: MWF 3-4pm at Math 2113
If you have a question and cannot come at office hours, write me an email to schedule an appointment.

Teaching Assistant: Wencin Poh, wpoh AT ,
Office hours: M 2-3, R 1-2 in MSB 3129

General course information


The textbook for the course is "Algebra" by Michael Artin (2nd edition).

Final exam

The final exam will be on Friday, December 14, 1:00-3:00 pm.
It will cover all material in the course.

There will be two review sessions during the finals week:
Wencin will hold a review session in Young 192 on Wednesday, December 12, 2-4pm.
I will hold a review session in Hoagland 113 on Thursday December 13, 1-3pm.
Please prepare your questions in advance!
Practice problems: problems , solutions .
Letter grade F C C+ B- B B+ A- A A+
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Midterm 2

Midterm 2 is CANCELED . It will cover Chinese Remainder Theorem, Counting formula for group homomorphisms, Lagrange Theorem; orthogonal matrices, classification of 2*2 orthogonal transformations, isometries of the plane and dihedral group.

Practice problems

Midterm 1

Midterm 1 will be in class on Monday, October 22. It will cover permutations, modular arithmetic, groups, subgroups and homomorphisms.

Practice problems

Final grade and exams

There will be two midterms on Monday, October 22 and Monday, November 19.
The Final will be on Friday, December 14, 1:00-3:00 pm.
The final grade is based on your grades for the homework, midterms and the final. VERY IMPORTANT: grading scheme is updated

Homework Midterm I Midterm II Final Exam
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Academic Participation Requirements

In September 2018 the campus will require students to verify that they have begun each course for which they are registered via the Academic Participation program. This program also encourages students to acknowledge their responsibilities regarding academic integrity and the Code of Academic Conduct, reinforcing our campus culture of honesty.

MyUCDavis will notify students online and through email on the first day of instruction to complete their Academic Participation verification no later than the quarter add deadline. Failing to verify academic participation by this deadline may result in a reduction of the financial aid award.

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The homework should be handed in before the start of Wednesday lecture. It must be legible, and written in connected sentences that explains what you are doing. Just the answer (whether correct or not) is not enough. ease put your name on every page and staple the pages together. Homework should be handed in on time, late homework will not be graded.

Though it is fine to discuss the HW problems with others, you must always write up the solutions in your own words. Copying will be penalized. Of course, in the exams you must work on your own: no calculators, textbooks etc will be allowed.

Week Sections Written
Sep 26,28 1.1-1.5
Oct 1,3,5 2.1-2.6
Oct 8, 10, 12 2.7, 2.8, 2.10
Oct 15, 17, 19 2.9, 2.11, 2.12, Review
Oct 22, 24, 26 Midterm on Oct 22; 5.1, 6.1 Drop deadline on Oct 23
Oct 29, 31, Nov 2 6.2-6.4
Nov 5, 7, 9 6.5, 6.7, 6.8
Nov 14, 16 6.9, 6.10, review No class on Nov 12
(Veterans Day)
Nov 19, 21 Midterm on Nov 19; 6.12 No classes on Thanksgiving week
Nov 26, 28, 30 7.2, 7.5, 7.7, 7.8
Dec 3, 5 ,7 7.9-7.10, review

Code of Academic Conduct

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Disability Services

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