Instructor: David Savitt
Office: Krieger 212
Email: savitt@math...
Office Hours: Wednesdays 3-4 pm or by appointment
The TA will be Xiyuan Wang (xwang151 [at] math.jhu.edu) in Krieger
202. Xiyuan will be available for office hours
and in the Math Help Room at times that are TBA.
Textbook: Groups and Symmetry by M.A. Armstrong
We will be covering most of the book (all but chapters 20, 22-23, and
27-28).
For an introduction to proofs, please see these
notes by Michael
Hutchings.
Problem sets: Problem sets will generally be posted here each
Monday and due in class the following Monday.
Late homework will not be accepted without a valid reason, but your two
lowest homework scores will be dropped. Collaboration on homework is
allowed and encouraged. However, each student must write up their
solutions individually and in their own words.
Class participation: To satisfy the class participation
requirement, each student must ask one mathematical question or make
mathematical comment in class at least once before the midterm and at
least once after the midterm. An acceptable question might be: "would you
remind us what X means?" or "could you explain why you are using this
notation?" I will do everything I can to help everyone satisfy the class
participation requirement.
Exams and grades: There will be one in-class
midterm,
on Wednesday, March 14. Grades will be assigned based on the following
formula: 10% class participation, 30% homework, plus either 20% midterm
and 40% final exam, or else 60% final exam, whichever is higher. (Make-up
exams for the midterm will not be
offered.)
Ethics statement: The strength of the university depends on
academic and personal integrity. In this course, you must be honest and
truthful. Ethical violations include cheating on exams, plagiarism, reuse
of assignments, improper use of the Internet and electronic devices,
unauthorized collaboration, alteration of graded assignments, forgery and
falsification, lying, facilitating academic dishonesty, and unfair
competition.
Report any violations you witness to the instructor. You may consult the
associate dean of student conduct (or designee) by calling the Office of
the Dean of Students at 410-516-8208 or via email at integrity@jhu.edu.
For more information, see the Homewood
Student Affairs site on academic
ethics or the e-catalog
entry on the undergraduate academic ethics board.
Disability services: Any student with a disability who may
need accommodations in this class must obtain an accommodation letter from
Student Disability Services, 385 Garland, (410) 516-4720,
studentdisabilityservices@jhu.edu To obtain accommodations for an exam,
please give me a copy of your letter at least one week in advance of the
exam.
Anxiety, stress, and mental health: If you are struggling
with anxiety, stress, depression or other mental health related concerns,
please consider visiting the JHU Counseling Center. If you are concerned
about a friend, please encourage that person to seek out their services.
The Counseling Center is located at 3003 North Charles Street in Suite
S-200 and can be reached at 410-516-8278 and online
here.