Math 300:  Linear Algebra



Course Description:  The course will begin with a brief review of vectors, lines, and planes from Calculus III.  We with then begin exploring the properties of R3 and Rn  in more generality, as well as properties of abstract vector spaces.  We will study systems of linear equations, matrix algebra, eigenvalues and eigenvectors, Markov processes and inner products.  Click here for a more detailed schedule



Instructor:  Dr. Barry Balof (


Office:  236 Olin Hall, 527-5152.

Office Hours (subject to change): Monday, 2-4; Wednesday1:30-3:30.  Also by appointment or by chance. 


Location Olin 245

Time:  Monday 8-8:50, Wednesday & Friday, 9-9:50


Textbook:  Linear Algebra, 4th edition, by Friedberg, Insel, and Spence


Homework:  Homework will be assigned on a weekly basis.  Though only a select few problems will be graded, it is expected that you attempt all the problems assigned. These assignments together will count for 15% of your final grade.  Click here for homework assignments.


Exams:  There will be three exams in this class, in addition to the final.

         Exam 1 will be on Wednesday, September 24th

         Exam 2 will be on Friday, October 24th

         Exam 3 will be on Friday, November 21st 

         The Final Exam will be scheduled by the Registraršs office


Note that Exam 3 will be on the Friday before Thanksgiving Break.  Please make your travel plans accordingly.


Make-up exams will not be given except in the case of illness, in this case, you must receive verification from a health professional and the Dean of Students of your condition


Each of the three exams will be worth 20% of your final grade, your final exam will be worth 25% of your final grade. 


Academic Honesty:  Students are allowed, and in fact, strongly encouraged, to collaborate on homework assignments.  However, the work that you turn in must be your own.  No copying from any source!  Exams will be closed book, closed notes, and closed colleague.


Special Needs:  Any student with a disability for whom special accommodations would be helpful is encouraged to discuss this with the professor as soon as possible.