Instructor  Keith Conrad  
kconrad at math dot uconn dot edu. (When you send an email message, please identify yourself at the end.)  
Office hours  WebEx; TBA or by appointment.  
Course info 


Text  Abstract Algebra, 3rd ed. (Wiley), by Dummit and Foote. There is a list of errata for the book at Foote's website (scroll down).  
Other references  There are notes on group theory at the website of Milne.  
LaTeX  You can typeset LaTeX without downloading a LaTeX package by
using the website Overleaf.
If you want to download LaTeX for your laptop,
a good LaTeX package for PCs (using Windows) is MiKTeX version 2.9,
which can be downloaded here; download and run 'miktex basic installer'
(it takes a while to install). In the start menu of MiKTeX 2.9 you want
to look for TeXworks and use that as your TeX interface. (An
introductory TeXworks website is here, explaining a bit about it.)
When typsetting a document with MiKTeX 2.9 for the first time, be sure
to set pdftex to pdflatex. As a frontend for MiKTeX you can use
TeXnicCenter.
To install LaTeX for a Mac use MacTeX and as a front end use Texmaker. You can draw a math symbol and see its TeX code ("deTeXify it") here. You can ask questions about LaTeX at tex.stackexchange. Some LaTeX files:

Course handouts
9/1: Course begins.
Brief course description: This is the firstsemester of a yearlong course which will prepare graduate students for future work where algebra is needed. In the first semester we will cover topics from group theory, ring theory, and linear algebra. This corresponds to Parts I, II, and some of Part III in the course text.
Prerequisites: Students are expected to have had an undergraduate algebra course and be familiar with concepts from group theory at that level.
Course grade: This will be based on the following weighting:
Homework: Homework assignments will be posted on the bottom of this web. Due dates will be marked on each assignment. During the semester you are expected to learn LaTeX so that by the end of the semester your last assignment is in LaTeX. No late homeworks will be accepted.Exams: There will be 1 midterm and a final.
 Computational homework problems should present a complete calculation, starting with the data of the problem. Do not just give the answer.
 There are no makeup exams.
 If you need exam accommodations based on a documented disability, you need to speak with both the Center for Student Disabilities and the course instructor within the first two weeks of the semester.
Due Week of  Homework Assignment 
1.Aug. 30


2. Sept. 6


3. Sept. 13


4. Sept. 20


5. Sept. 27 

6. Oct. 4


7. Oct. 11 

8. Oct. 18


9. Oct. 25 

10. Nov. 1


11. Nov. 8 

12. Nov. 15 

13. Nov. 22 
None (it's Thanksgiving break). 
14. Nov. 29


15. Dec. 6

Reading period starting on Tuesday 