Stony Brook University
MAT 312/AMS 351 Applied Algebra -- Spring 2009

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* Course Description
* Teaching Staff, Office Hours
* Syllabus and Homework

Course Description

Instructor: Tony Phillips

Instructor's Office Hours: Math Tower 3-113: Wednesdays, 3-5PM You are always welcome to contact me by email (tony at either to ask a short question or to set up an appointment to see me.

TA: Joseph Walsh

TA's Office:

TA's Office Hours: TBA

Textbook: H. Laufer, Discrete Mathematics and Linear Algebra Special printing, available from Stony Books, 1081 Rte 25A (across from LIRR station), Stony Brook. Price approximately $55.

(a copy will be available on reserve in the Math/Physics/Astronomy Library)

Course Format:

The course meets for lecture Mon, Wed, Fri 11:45 AM - 12:40 PM in Harriman 112. Recitation is Tuesday 3:50-4:45 PM in Old Chemistry 144. You will get most out of these classes if you prepare beforehand by reading the relevant section in the textbook before class. My aim in these lectures will be to explain and illustrate the arguments in the book. I am always glad to answer questions during class. (If you have more questions, please talk to me after class or come to my office hours.)

Grading policy for MAT 312: The final grade will be based on the midterm scores (22.5% each) the final examination (35%) and homework (20%). A student will get the better of two grades, one calculated from this weighted sum, the other based only on the (cumulative) final examination.