Jay Pantone

John Wesley Young Research Instructor
Dartmouth College


Math 31

Summer 2017

This course will provide an introduction to fundamental algebraic structures, and may include significant applications. The majority of the course will consist of an introduction to the basic algebraic structures of groups and rings. Additional work will consist either of the development of further algebraic structures or applications of the previously developed theory to areas such as coding theory or crystallography. As a result of the variable syllabus, this course may not serve as an adequate prerequisite for MATH 81. Students who contemplate taking MATH 81 should consider taking MATH 71 instead of this course.

  • Lectures:
    M, W, F, 2:10pm - 3:15pm
    Kemeny 006 Th, 1:20pm - 2:10pm (X-hour)
  • Office Hours:
    Monday, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
    Kemeny 320 Tuesday, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
    Thursday, 11:00am - 12:00pm

Course Information

The official syllabus is here.

Homework Assignments


Daily Calendar
# Date Topics Suggested HW
& Announcements
1 Fri, June 23 Class Information
Section 0: Sets
# 0.3, 0.4
2 Sat, June 24 Section 1: Binary Operations # 1.3(a-i), 1.4, 1.6(a-i)
3 Mon, June 26 Section 2: Groups
Section 3: Group Theorems
# 2.1, 2.2, 2.5, 2.10
4 Wed, June 28 Section 4: Cyclic Groups --
5 Fri, June 30 Section 5: Subgroups --


The official syllabus is here.

Homework Assignments

Weekly graded homework assignments, posted above. Daily suggested homework from the textbook, not graded.

Exam 1: Wednesday, July 12
Exam 2: Wednesday, August 2
Final Exam: Sunday, August 27, 11:30am - 2:30pm

Grading Scheme
Homework: 25%
Exam 1: 20%
Exam 2: 25%
Final Exam: 30%

Important Dates
June 22: Classes begin
June 24: Special Saturday day of classes
July 4: Independence Day, no classes
July 6: Final day for electing use of the Non-Recording Option (NRO)
August 2: Final day for dropping a fourth course without a grade notation of "W"
August 9: Final day to withdraw from a course
August 23: Last day of classes
August 27: Math 31 final exam