Math 300, Fall 2008

Linear Algebra


Course description: The course will begin with a rigorous study of systems of linear equations and matrix manipulations. We will continue with a thourough study of vector spaces and linear transformations. The course will have a fair number of applications, but will be very heavy on theory as well. Click here for a more detailed schedule

Instructor: Barry Balof

Office: 236 Olin Hall

Location: 245 Olin Hall Time: /Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday 9-9:50

Textbook: Linear Algebra and Its Applications (Update) by David Lay

Homework: Homework will be posted here . Homework will be assigned daily and collected weekly. So much of learning anything in mathematics is dependent on reading and working through examples. Therefore, it is recommended that you attempt all problems assigned, not just those that will be collected. I try and devote the first few minutes of each class period to answering specific questions, so don't be afraid to try many many problems.

Additionally, each set of homework exercises has a few True-False questions. These make an excellent review of each day's material, and we will begin nearly each day of class discussing these.

Tests: This class will have biweekly quizzes, as well as a midterm and a final. As some of the problems will take more time than what you may be used to, there will frequently be in-class and take-home components to the quizzes and exams. The midterm will take place during the week (and weekend) after Fall Break. The final, as scheduled by the registar's office, is Monday, December 15, from 9-11 AM. Please make your travel plans accordingly!!

Quiz keys are here

Grading: Grades will be assigned on a rougly 90-80-70 scale, with grades weighted as follows.
Midterm Examination 20 %
Final Examination  30 %
Quizzes 30 %
Homework & Class Participation 20 %

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.

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