Skip to main content # ‘18.703: Modern Algebra’

## Table of contents

- Course Info
- Realistic Prerequisites
- Subject Matter
- Course Staff
- Lectures
- Problem Sets
- Exams
- Resources
- Grading
- Advice to Future Students

## Course Info

Class Size | 13 |

Hours/Week | 7.3 (4 responses) |

Instructors | Victor Kac |

Overall Rating | 3.8/7.0 |

## Realistic Prerequisites

- Students recommended knowing
**linear algebra** (18.06 or 18.703) and some set notation.

## Subject Matter

- Students found the subject to be theoretical and broad, but with some additional applications.

## Course Staff

- Students did not find the course staff to be approachable.
- Class was additionally not canceled during when campus was closed due to weather.

## Lectures

- Lectures were very useful for understanding the course content.
- During the lectures, the professor would announce the problem set problems.
- One student would post these problems on the Canvas site, which the professor would not have done otherwise.

## Problem Sets

- The problem sets were described as long and tedious.
- Students found the lectures did not prepare them for the problem sets.

## Exams

- Students used the practice exams to prepare for the exams.

## Resources

- Students used the textbook and the course notes to learn the material.
- The textbook was “A First Course in Abstract Algebra” by John Fraleigh.

## Grading

- Students felt that grading was
**incredibly strict** and **not transparent**.

## Advice to Future Students

*”Find a mentor to help you learn the material outside of class.”* *“Do not take this class with Prof. Kac.”*