Math 430 Applied Algebra

Instructor: Hemanshu Kaul

Office: 125C, Engineering 1
Phone: (312) 567-3128
E-mail: kaul [at]

Time: 11:25am, Tuesday & Thursday.
Place: 106, Stuart Bldg.

Office Hours: 3:15-4:15pm Tuesday and Thursday, and by appointment.
Emailed questions are also encouraged.

Graduate Teaching Assistant: Hansen Ha; hha3 [at]
TA Office Hours: 1pm-3pm Tuesday, 129, E1 Building.

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Course Information:

The Course Information Handout has extensive description of the course - topics, textbook, student evaluation policy, as well as other relevant information. Read it carefully!

What is this course really about? Required reading.

The author's views on the value of Abstract algebra.

The official course syllabi.

Advice for students:

Author's advice for learning Abstract Algebra,
and his advice on learning proofs. Required reading.

Excellent advice by Doug West on how to write homework solutions in a course like this. Required reading.

Why do we have to learn proofs?
Understanding Mathematics - a study guide
On a more abstract note, here is a discussion of Language and Grammar of Mathematics - which is what you are starting to learn in a course like this.

Excellent advice for math majors, especially those planning to go on to graduate school, by Terry Tao, 2006 Fields medallist. Required reading.

Class Announcements:


Homework Assignments:

Words like "construct", "show", "obtain", "determine", etc., typically mean that proof is required. Full credit to most problems requires proof of statements made. Use sentences; you cannot give a proof without words. Results covered in class can be used without proof if you state/refer to them correctly.

Practice Problems: If you have time, think about these problems for extra practice.
Written Problems: You have to submit written solution to all these problems.
All problem numbers below are based on the 8th edition of the textbook.

Class Log:

Links for Additional Information: