Math 432 Syllabus - Spring 2001

Dr. Robb T. Koether
Office: Bagby 114
Phone: 223-6207
Office hours: 1:30 - 2:20 M-F; other hours by appointment.

The class meets during C period in B 120.

The last day to drop a course without a grade of WF is Mar. 7.


The text for the course is Error-Correcting Codes and Finite Fields, by Oliver Pretzel.


There will be In the final average, the average of the collected problem sets will count 40%, the average of the tests will count 40%, and the final exam will count 20%. All work is due at the beginning of class on the due date. No late work will be accepted.

Collected Problem Sets

Each chapter ends with a set of problems. When we finish a chapter, I will assign selected problems from the set. They will be due two class meetings later. Since I intend to cover 16 chapters, I expect there will be 16 problems sets.


You should make every conceivable effort to be present and prepared for an hour test. If you do not feel that you are prepared, you must take the test anyway. The only valid excuses for missing a test are serious illnesses and unavoidable emergencies, which can be verified. If you foresee that you must miss a test, then you should make arrangements, before the absence, to take the test. If you miss a test for a reason that is less than compelling, you will not be allowed to take the test later. If you miss a test, it is essential that you contact me and make arrangements at the earliest possible moment. Failure to follow this policy will invalidate any excuse. The test schedule is as follows:

Test Date
Fri, Feb 16
Fri, Mar 16
Fri, Apr 20

Final exam

The final exam will be cumulative. It will be given in this classroom at the time stated in the exam schedule. Everyone must take the final exam and it will not be rescheduled.


Attendance will be checked at the beginning of each class. If you arrive late, you will be counted absent. If that happens and would like to be marked present, see me after class. Otherwise, late arrivals and absences will all count as absences. When assigning final grades, attendance will be taken into account.

Absences/Late Arrivals Action
0 - 1
Grade bonus (1 "part" of a grade)
2 - 4
5 - 6
Grade penalty (1 "part" of a grade)
> 6
Withdrawal (or WF after Mar. 5)

A warning letter will be sent out after the fifth absence.

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