MAT 150 A, Fall 2021


Instructor: Eugene Gorsky, egorskiy AT
Office hours: Thursdays 10-11am, Fridays 11am-12pm on zoom.
If you have a question and cannot come at office hours, write me an email to schedule an appointment.

Teaching Assistants: (A01) Felix Almendra Hernandez, falmher AT
Office hours: Mondays 3-4pm on zoom.
(A02) Zhenyang Zhang, zhenyangz AT
Office hours: Thursdays 3-4pm on zoom.


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

Code of Academic Conduct

The Code of Academic Conduct exists to support high standards of behavior and to ensure fair evaluation of student learning. Students who violate the Code of Academic Conduct are subject to disciplinary sanctions that include censure, probation, suspension, deferred separation or dismissal from the University of California. The code can be found at this link , or here . Cheating will be taken extremely seriously, and will be referred to Student Judicial Affairs.

In particular, it is OK to discuss homework problems with others, but you have to write the solutions in your own words . You cannot copy solutions from other students, books or the Internet.

For the midterms and the final, you are not allowed to discuss problems with anyone else or search the Internet. It follows exactly the same rules as the in class exam. If we observe that your solutions match someone else's or some Internet resource, your exam grade will be annuled.

Important: every student in MAT 150A should read Code of Academic Conduct . You should write the following text on a piece of paper:

"I have read and understood UC Davis Code of Academic Conduct"

Date and sign it with your name and student ID and upload to Gradescope.

Final grade and exams

There will be two midterms on October 13 and November 15.
The Final exam will be on Tuesday, December 7 at 8:00 a.m-10:00 a.m.
The final grade is based on your grades for the homework, midterms and the final:

Homework Midterm I Midterm II Final Exam
20% 20% 20% 40%

Academic Participation Requirements

The campus requires 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.

Please see more details by this link .

Final exam

The final exam will be in class on Tuesday, December 7 at 8:00 a.m-10:00 a.m .
Practice problems , solutions .

Midterm 2

The second midterm will be in class on Monday, November 15.
Practice problems .

Midterm 1

The first midterm will be in class on Wednesday, October 13.
Practice problems .


We will use Gradescope for written homework assignments. You should be able to access Gradescope directly from Canvas. More information on Gradescope for students: link

The homework will be assigned every week on Wednesday, and it will be due the following Wednesday before the start of the class. 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. Please put your name on every page and upload to Gradescope. 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 22,24 1.1-1.5 HW 1, solutions
Sep 27, 29, Oct 1 2.1-2.6 HW 2, solutions
Oct 4, 6, 8 2.7, 2.8, 2.10 HW 3, solutions
Oct 11, 13, 15 Review, Midterm on Oct 13, 2.9
Oct 18, 20, 22 2.11, 2.12; 5.1, 6.1 HW 4, solutions
Oct 25, 27, 29 6.2-6.4 HW 5, solutions
Nov 1, 3, 5 6.5, 6.7, 6.8 HW 6, solutions
Nov 8, 10, 12 6.9, 6.10, review
Nov 15, 17, 19 Midterm on Nov 15; 6.12, 7.2 HW 7, solutions
Nov 22, 24 7.5, 7.7, 7.8 No class on Nov 26 (Thanksgiving)
Nov 29, Dec 1, 3 7.9-7.10, review

Disability Services

Any student with a documented disability who needs to arrange reasonable accommodations must contact the Student Disability Center (SDC). Faculty are authorized to provide only the accommodations requested by the SDC. If you have any questions, please contact the SDC at (530)752-3184 or