Math 30710: Algebra
Fall, 2020

Instructor: Juan Migliore
Office: HAYE 236
Phone: 631-7345


Office hours:
Office hours will be conducted remotely, via zoom (in the same zoom room as the lectures). They will be held on Thursdays, 1:00-2:00 or by appointment.

Time and place of class: MWF 10:25-11:15 in DBRT 126.

Textbook: A first course in abstract algebra (7th edition) by John B. Fraleigh.

Important Links.

Considerations in view of the Coronavirus pandemic.

The following are some points to keep in mind (mildly edited from the university guidelines):

(1) Health and Safety Protocols

In this class, as elsewhere on campus, students must comply with all University health and safety protocols, including:

We are part of a community of learning in which compassionate care for one another is part of our spiritual and social charter. Consequently, compliance with these protocols is an expectation for everyone enrolled in this course. If a student refuses to comply with the University’s health and safety protocols, the student must leave the classroom and will earn an unexcused absence for the class period. Persistent deviation from expected health and safety guidelines may be considered a violation of the University’s “Standards of Conduct,” as articulated in du Lac: A Guide for Student Life, and will be referred accordingly.

(2) Health checks and attendance

Every morning, members of the Notre Dame Community will be asked to complete a daily health check and submit their information via the Return to Campus Advisor application. The health check application will indicate one of the following:

(3) The hybrid model

Fom day one we will be in the hybrid format (see below) so if you are told not to come to class for health reasons, you can be sure that the zoom room will be operating. But remember that the reason we are hybrid and not entirely online is that part of the class dynamic is lost if you are not there in person.

If conditions force the university to close down in-person classes, this structure will allow us to continue with very little disruption.

Course content.

Material to be covered: We plan to cover most of the following material, with possible minor variations and/or additional topics as time permits. Examinations, homework and grades: Your course grade will be based on your total score out of 450 possible points, allocated as follows: Practice Exams and completed exams: Exam 1

Homework and Reading: The homework problems will be assigned on a lecture-to-lecture basis, and will be collected weekly on TBA. You should attempt the problems the day that they are assigned, so as to be able to ask me in class about any difficulties you encounter. (I generally won't do a homework problem for you in class, but may discuss a similar problem.) Similarly, there will be regularly assigned reading for most class periods, and you should come to class prepared to ask questions about any of it you did not understand. I encourage you to collaborate with each other on homework problems and in understanding the required reading. In fact, for each assignment, you may join forces with one or two other students to turn in a single, jointly written set of solutions, provided all group members have made a significant effort to contribute to the homework solutions. See below about copying homework, though.

Honor Code: Notre Dame students are expected to abide by Academic Code of Honor Pledge: "As a member of the Notre Dame community, I will not participate in or tolerate academic dishonesty." Both the homework and the exams are conducted under the honor code. Examinations are closed book and are to be done completely by yourself with no assistance from others. Although collaboration on homework is permitted (and encouraged), directly copying the work of other students, or simply adding your name to work done by another student or group and claiming it is jointly-done homework, would constitute a violation of the honor code. (Allowing anyone else to add their name undeservedly to your assignment is just as serious an offense.) Similarly, if you have access to any solutions to the homework problems that were written by someone else, a direct copying of such solutions is a violation of the honor code. However, you are allowed to consult such a source if you get stuck, since I would rather that you get help than that you give up entirely; but direct copying from such a source is again an honor code violation.

Support for Student Mental Health at Notre Dame: Care and Wellness Consultants provide support and resources to students who are experiencing stressful or difficult situations that may be interfering with academic progress. Through Care and Wellness Consultants, students can be referred to The University Counseling Center (for cost-free and confidential psychological and psychiatric services from licensed professionals), University Health Services (which provides primary care, psychiatric services, case management, and a pharmacy), and The McDonald Center for Student Well Being (for problems with sleep, stress, and substance use). Visit the Care and Wellness webpage.