# About My Writing Intensive Division

of
Abstract Algebra (Mat 327Z)

#### Call No. 2863

## William F. Hammond

#### Fall Semester, 2005

The University's upper division writing requirement is based on the
concept of discipline-oriented writing. In this course the writing
exercises will involve (i) presenting mathematical problem
solutions and (ii) writing mathematical arguments. Students in the
writing intensive section must complete *all* the written
assignments in a satisfactory manner. (It will not be possible to
elude any of these assignments.)

Students enrolled in Math 327Z will not receive a grade higher than C-
without satisfactory use of mathematical English on tests and quizzes
and particularly on the submitted assignments.

Satisfactory use of mathematical English for this course requires
satisfactory use of general English prose at a level that probably
alone suffices for handling the upper division writing requirement
for courses in some of the other disciplines. Additionally the
student needs to learn how to present mathematics in writing.

In short, Math 327Z does not offer an easy way to satisfy the upper
division writing requirement.

Students who have yet to satisfy the lower division writing intensive
requirement may not register for my division of MAT 327Z.

Past experience has shown that some mathematics students who have
attempted to satisfy the University's upper division writing intensive
requirement in this course have had serious trouble in the course
because of overall non-mathematical difficulties with their writing.

For this reason the following procedure will be used to control
admission to my writing intensive division:

Register for my regular division (call no. 2862) of Abstract
Algebra (Mat 327).
No SKN should be required unless the section fills.

Prepare a formal, carefully written and typeset, essay of 300
to 600 words in length, describing what was for you the most
interesting topic covered in the pre-requisite course
*Classical Algebra* (Math 326).
Attach an appendix to the essay giving

the name under which you are registered at the University.

your campus identification number.

the total number of graduation credits you expect to have
completed by the end of the current semester.

the course that was used to satisfy your lower division
writing intensive requirement and the semester in which
you took that course.

Submit the essay at the class meeting on Wednesday, August 31.