MAT 312/AMS 351 — Fall 2016 Problem Sets MAT 312/AMS 351 — Fall 2016 Syllabus MAT 312/AMS 351 — Fall 2016 Exams

MAT 312/AMS 351 Course Webpage
Applied Algebra

Fall 2016

  • Problem sets
  • Exams
  • Syllabus

  • Course Announcements
  • Course Description
  • Prerequisites
  • Text
  • Course Learning Objectives
  • Course Outcomes / Key Skills
  • Lectures
  • Recitations
  • Office Hours
  • Grading System
  • Hand-backs
  • Academic Resources
  • Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Academic Integrity
  • Critical Incident Management

  • Course Announcements Announcements about the course will be posted here. Please check the site regularly for announcements (which will also be given in lecture and/or in recitation). There are currently no announcements.

    Course Description The description in the undergraduate bulletin: Topics in algebra: groups, informal set theory, relations, homomorphisms. Applications: error correcting codes, Burnside's theorem, computational complexity, Chinese remainder theorem. This course is offered as both AMS 351 and MAT 312.

    Prerequisites C or higher in AMS 210 or MAT 211.
    Advisory Prerequisite: MAT 200 or CSE 113.

    Text The required textbook for the course is Numbers, Groups and Codes, 2nd Edition, by J. F. Humphreys and M. Y. Prest, available at the University Bookstore @ Stony Brook.
    In addition to the required textbook above, for part of the course there may be additional course notes which will be made available through the Blackboard page.

    Course Learning Objectives

    The course learning objectives include the following. Each of these is an important learning objective for all advanced mathematics and applied mathematics courses. Each is amplified with specific examples.

    Course Outcomes / Key Skills

    The course outcomes / key skills include the following.

    Lectures The instructor for this course is Jason Starr. There are assigned readings in the syllabus which are to be completed before lecture. During lecture the instructor and the students will discuss the material in those readings, there will be exercises to practice the material, etc. For the lectures to be effective, you must complete the assigned reading from the syllabus before lecture.

    Lecture is held Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:30AM — 12:50PM, in Math Tower P—131.

    Recitations Please register for and regularly attend one of the recitations. Your recitation instructor is the instructor who knows you best and who answers any questions about grading on problem sets. Your recitation instructor will have input in the assignment of final letter grades. The recitation instructor is Harrison Pugh.

    Office Hours Office hours for Jason Starr are scheduled as follows.

    Office hours for the recitation instructor Harrison Pugh are scheduled as follows.

    Grading System The relative significance of exams and problem sets in determining final grades is as follows.

    Problem Sets.
    Recitation Participation.
    Midterm 1. September 29.
    Midterm 2. October 27.
    Midterm 3. November 22.
    Final Exam.

    Hand-backs Graded problem sets and exams will be handed back in recitation. If you cannot attend the recitation in which a problem set or exam is handed back, it is your responsibility to contact the instructor and arrange a time to pick up the work (typically in office hours).

    Students are responsible for collecting any graded work by the end of the semester.

    Academic Resources There are a number of organizations on campus offering tutoring and other academic resources in various locations. One such organization is the Academic Success and Tutoring Center. The mathematics department offers drop-in tutoring in the Math Learning Center. You are strongly encouraged to talk to a tutor in the MLC if you have an issue and are unable to attend your lecturer's office hours.

    Please be aware that tutors in the MLC deal with students on a first-come, first-served basis. Thus it is usually preferrable to speak with your instructor in their office hours. (Even if you find your instructor in the MLC, the instructor may be obliged to speak to other students before speaking with you.)

    Required Syllabi Statements
    The University Senate Undergraduate and Graduate Councils have authorized that the following required statements appear in all teaching syllabi (graduate and undergraduate courses) on the Stony Brook Campus.

    Americans with Disabilities Act.
    If you have a physical, psychological, medical or learning disability that may impact your course work, please contact Disability Support Services, ECC (Educational Communications Center) Building, Room 128, (631) 632-6748. They will determine with you what accommodations, if any, are necessary and appropriate. All information and documentation is confidential.

    Students who require assistance during emergency evacuation are encouraged to discuss their needs with their professors and Disability Support Services. For procedures and information go to the following website:

    Academic Integrity Each student must pursue his or her academic goals honestly and be personally accountable for all submitted work. Representing another person's work as your own is always wrong. Faculty is required to report any suspected instances of academic dishonesty to the Academic Judiciary. Faculty in the Health Sciences Center (School of Health Technology Management, Nursing, Social Welfare, Dental Medicine) and School of Medicine are required to follow their school-specific procedures. For more comprehensive information on academic integrity, including categories of academic dishonesty please refer to the academic judiciary website at

    Critical Incident Management Stony Brook University expects students to respect the rights, privileges, and property of other people. Faculty are required to report to the Office of University Community Standards any disruptive behavior that interrupts their ability to teach, compromises the safety of the learning environment, or inhibits students' ability to learn. Faculty in the HSC Schools and the School of Medicine are required to follow their school-specific procedures.

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    Jason Starr
    4-108 Math Tower
    Department of Mathematics
    Stony Brook University
    Stony Brook, NY 11794-3651
    Phone: 631-632-8270
    Fax: 631-632-7631
    Jason Starr