University at Buffalo

Department of Mathematics






College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Physics


Yorck Sommerhäuser


Algebra I

  • Fall semester 2014
  • Course: MTH 619
  • Instructor: Y. Sommerhäuser
  • Schedule:
    • Time: Mon, Wed, Fri 12:00 m-12:50 pm
    • Room: Math 122
  • Office hours of Y. Sommerhäuser: Mon, Wed, Fri 3:00 pm-4:00 pm and by appointment
  • Textbook: H. Kurzweil/B. Stellmacher: The theory of finite groups - an introduction, Universitext, Springer, Berlin, 2004
  • Outline: Approximately the first three quarters of the course will be concerned with group theory. We will cover the majority of topics in Chapters 1, 2, 3, and 5. We will also cover selected parts of Chapters 4 and 6. Approximately the last quarter of the course will be concerned with ring and module theory. This material is not covered in the textbook and will be taught using photocopies from other textbooks provided by the instructor.
  • Exams: There will be two midterm exams and a comprehensive final exam. The midterm exams take place on Friday, September 26 as well as Friday, October 31. The final exam takes place Wednesday, December 10, 11:45 am-2:45 pm, in Capen 260.
  • Homework: Beginning Monday of the second week, a weekly exercise sheet will be handed out, containing three to four problems. This has to be completed until the next Monday. While it is allowed to collaborate on the problems, every student is required to write up his solution in his own words. There will be no exercise sheets during exam weeks.
  • Examination criteria: The final grade will be computed using the following weights.
    • Homework: 30 percent
    • Test 1: 20 percent
    • Test 2: 20 percent
    • Final exam: 30 percent
  • Grading:
    • A: 90 percent (or better)
    • A-: 88 percent (or better)
    • B+: 86 percent (or better)
    • B: 80 percent (or better)
    • B-: 78 percent (or better)
    • C+: 76 percent (or better)
    • C: 70 percent (or better)
    • C-: 68 percent (or better)
    • D+: 66 percent (or better)
    • D: 60 percent (or better)
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