Leon Takhtajan

Department of Mathematics
Stony Brook University

office: Math Tower 5-111
phone: (631) 632-8287
e-mail: leon.takhtajan@stonybrook.edu

MAT 534: Algebra I
Fall 2019
Course Information


The course will cover the basics of abstract algebra and is the first course in the 2-semester sequence (Algebra I, Algebra II). The lectures and homework assignments will be posted on the detailed weekly schedule. The homework problems will vary from routine to rather challenging. The use of online resources for solving the homework problems is prohibited. The schedule will be regularly updated and it is necessary to check it each week. The grades, solutions of selected homework problems and solutions to the midterm will be posted on the Blackboard. Students are expected to attend class regularly and to keep up with the material presented in the lecture and the assigned reading.


TuTh 10:00am-11:20am, Earth & Space 183


Leon Takhtajan

Office hours: TuTh 2:00pm-3:30pm in Math Tower 5-111.


Lisa Marquand

Office: Math Tower 5-125B
Office hours: M 10:00am-12:00am in MLC and W 11:30am-12:30pm in Math Tower 5-125B.

Course description (from the graduate bulletin)


David S. Dummitt and Richard M. Foote, Abstract algebra, 3rd ed. available at the University Bookstore @ Stony Brook or from amazon.com. Please be aware that there is a number of misprints in the book; you can find the errata here.

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Exams, homeworks, and grading

There will be weekly homeworks, two midterms, and the final exam, scheduled as follows:

  • Midterm 1 - October 3, in class
  • Midterm 2 - November 7, in class
  • Final exam - December 19, 8:00am-10:45am, in class.

    Your final grade will be determined by the following scheme:

  • Homeworks: 25%
  • Midterms: 20% + 20%
  • Final Exam: 35%

    Information for students with disabilities

    If you have a physical, psychological, medical or learning disability that may impact your course work, please contact Disability Support Services, 128 ECC Building (631) 632-6748. They will determine with you what accommodations are necessary and appropriate. All information and documentation is confidential. Arrangements should be made early in the semester (before the first exam) so that your needs can be accommodated. All information and documentation of disability 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 and search Fire Safety and Evacuation and Disabilities.

    Academic integrity

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    Critical Incident Management

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  • Last updated August 2019