Math 371  Home Page
 Instructor:
Tony Pantev
 Lectures: MWF
10am11am, DRL 4C6
 Office: 3E4
David Rittenhouse Laboratory
 Office Hours:
MW at 45pm and by appointment.
 Email
address:
tpantev@math.upenn.edu
 Office phone:
(215) 8985970
Info pages for undergraduate math:
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS:
 Homework 5 is posted. It has both A and B type problems. The B
problems are to be presented in labs during the week of November 11
and the writeup of the A problems is due by 4pm on November 15.
 Here are some practice problems for the
second exam.
 Here are some practice problems for the
first exam.
 Here are some of my lectures
notes. Feel free to use these as a reference but beware that
the notes are sketchy and are no substitute for the book.
Course guide:

Teaching Assistant:
Zhaodong Cai

Texts:
 M. Artin Algebra, Pearson, (first or
second edition)
 Additional handouts to be posted on this page.

SYLLABUS

Laboratory Sessions:
These are scheduled every week on Tuesday or Thursday evening,
6:30  8:30 pm, room DRL 3C2. During alternate weeks these will
serve as problem sessions where you will individually present your
solutions to the homework problems (see below). On the other
alternate weeks, Mr. Cai will hold sessions devoted to PAST problem
sets and the `A' problems (see below). Attendance at weekly labs.
is mandatory .

Homework: Homework is an extremely important part of this
course. Homework problems will be posted weekly each Monday on this
page. The homework assigned during a certain week is due in your TAs
mailbox by 4pm on Friday of the following week. There will be two
types of homework problems: A and B. Type A problems are assigned each
week, whereas B problems are assigned every other week. While the A
problems are more or less standard exercises, the B problems will be
more substantial and sometimes quite difficult. You may work together
in small groups of your own choosing on these problems, although each
student's writeup should be his/her own. On each assignment you hand
in, write down the names of anyone you collaborated with. Occasionally
there will be optional `C' problems which are meant as extra credit;
people looking for a challenge are encouraged to attempt them! The C
problems should be turned in on a separate sheet of paper directly to
Mr. Cai.

Groups:
As mentioned above, you may work in groups on homework
assignments, and report during our evening sessions individually but
as group members on the B part of the assignment.
Each group should have 35
members, and everyone in the same group should be giving and
taking (if you are always giving or always taking, you are in the
wrong group and should switch groups). I encourage you to work
together on the homework; sharing
ideas and discussing arguments with others is a big help.

Exams:
We will have three hour exams during the course. The exams will take
place during lecture on September 27, on October 30, and on December 9.
 Grading
Policy: The final grades will be determined by giving a
40% weight to homework and a 20% weight to each exam. While your exam
score is numerical, the homework grade consists of your written
performance and your presentations at the evening sessions.
Participating in class and working on extra credit C problems is
encouraged and will help to improve your grade.
HOMEWORK