MATH 110B - Algebra - Spring 2017 - Lecture 1

Location and time

Class: MWF 12-12:50 pm, MS 5127
Discussion: T 12-12:50 pm, MS 5127


Martin Gallauer
Office hours: M 3-5 pm, MS 6236


David Hemminger
Office hours: R 11 am-1 pm


T. Hungerford, Abstract Algebra, 3rd Ed., Brooks Col.


Weekly homework will be announced on ccle and the solutions will be collected on Fridays at the beginning of class. (The first homework set will be due on April 14.)

Working in groups could be a more efficient way of learning. You are permitted (and encouraged) to meet with other students in the class to study the material of the course and/or get help for the homework. However, the homework you turn in must be written by you in your own words.


  • First midterm: Monday, April 24, 12:00 pm-12:50 pm, MS 5127
  • Second midterm: Monday, May 15, 12:00 pm-12:50 pm, MS 5127
  • Final exam: June 12, 11:30 am-2:30 pm

There will be no make-up exams, neither for the midterms nor for the final. However, some flexibility is built into the system by having two grading schemes. Your overall final grade will be the best of the following two variants:

  • 10% homeworks (lowest score dropped) + 40% both midterms + 50% final.
  • 15% homeworks (lowest score dropped) + 25% best midterm + 60% final.

Letter grades will not be assigned until the end of the quarter, at which point your composite numerical score will be converted into a letter grade based on class ranking. Approximately a third of the class will receive grades in the A+/A/A- range, and another third of the class will receive grades in the B+/B/B- range (unless something surprising happens).

The final exam must be taken in order to receive a passing grade.

Regrades on midterms and homework must be requested within one week of the date those are returned. After this time, no requests for corrections will be honored.

All grades will be recorded on myUCLA.


We will follow the textbook, covering chapters 7, 8, and 9. An approximate schedule can be found here.