The textbook for this class is Gallian's Contemporary
Abstract Algebra, 9th edition. Make
sure you get the 9th edition (blue 5-leaf clover on a black
background), because otherwise your problem numbers won't match
mine. Here are some good ways for getting the text for under
the book in either hard copy or e-book form at chegg for
about $30 per semester. Make sure your rental extends at
least through the day of the final (Thu Dec 12), though.
Also, note that chegg has a 14-day or 21-day return policy,
which will be useful to those of you still deciding whether to
take this class, and if you rent a hard copy, you get to use
an e-book while waiting for your hard copy to arrive. In
short, this seems like your best bet.
the same thing at amazon, but they do this annoying thing
where they have different prices for different people, so I
can't predict if you'll get a better or worse price there. I
also have no idea what their return policy is.
to go to our Canvas page, where you can submit PS outlines
heading). You can also get to our Piazza discussion group from
our Canvas page; click on the "Piazza" menu item on the
If you're interested in typesetting math, the system I use to
make my handouts is called LaTeX. If you have a Windows PC, you can
download LaTeX for free at http://www.miktex.org; you will also
need a good text editor, like the shareware program WinEdt. PCTeX also makes a good commercial
version; student prices are $150 for the "Publisher" version, which I
recommend if you have the money, $50 for the "Writer" version, which I
recommend if you don't. If you own a Mac, you can download a complete
system called TeXShop for free.
If you own a Linux computer, you already own a copy of this program,
as it's been a standard Unix program for about 20 years.