MATH 236

Math 236 - Spring 2022, Introduction to Algebra I


Dinesh Thakur

Contact: Hylan 1013, 275-7767,

Class: MW 2.00-3.15 pm.

Location: Hylan 102

Office hours: M 10.30-11.30 a.m., W 1-2 pm or by appt Hylan 1013

Ivan Chio

Contact: Hylan 801,

Class: TR 2.00-3.15 pm

Location: Hylan 102

Office hours: TW 3:30-4:30pm Hylan 801


Jianfei He

Jack Mandell


MTH 235.


A First Course in Abstract Algebra, 7th edition, by Fraleigh.


We plan to cover the sections 0 to 27, minus sections 7, 12, 24, 25.


Homework will be assigned weekly. and should be submitted on Gradescope. A subset of the problems in each assignment will be intended for submission and grading; the remainder are for improving your mastery of the material.

You are encouraged to submit your assignments in LaTeX, but if you write the solutions by hand, your handwriting needs to be readable. Using LaTeX will allow you to edit easily, and to keep the questions and solutions with you any time electronically.


Midterm: 3/15, 8:00-9:15am, Lander Auditorium (Hutchison 140)

Final: 5/2, 12:30-3:30pm, Dewey 2162

Writing assignment for the 236-W students:

Around the middle of the semester, W-students have to submit a short expository paper (first draft) in LaTeX on assigned topic, and after getting the feedback on improvements they should submit final draft. More details will be given later.


The midterm will count 30%, the homework 30%, and the final 40%. For 236-W students, the percentage would be 30, 30, 30 respectively and 10% for the paper.

Academic Honesty:

MTH 236 is covered by the UR Academic Honesty Policy, which you previously were informed of and agreed to abide by. Submission of work, including homework, quizzes and exams, which has been copied from the work of others, with or without their knowledge or consent, or allowing others to copy your work, is prohibited. You are encouraged to work on homework assignments with other students; however, you must write up the solutions in your own words and acknowledge any sources (such as internet links).

Electronic devices in class: Use of electronic devices in any classroom is highly distracting for all concerned. Out of respect for both the instructor \emph{and} your fellow students, please silence and darken any devices and do not use them during class.