MATH:201:01 Linear Algebra Spring, 2016
Syllabus
Instructor: Kenneth Brakke
Office: 308 Fisher Hall
Office phone: 4466
Email: brakke@susqu.edu
I will use email to communicate with the class outside
of meeting times, e.g. for homework corrections, hints,
etc. So check your email regularly. When emailing me,
be sure to use a good subject line. Blank subjects, and
generic subjects like "question" and "help" are liable
to get eaten by our spam filter. Use a subject like
"Linear algebra homework question".
Office hours: 1:00 - 3:00 MWF, 9:00 - 11:00 TTh officially.
I am usually in my office 8:30 to 5:00 except for
lunch and my classes 8:45-9:50 MWF, 10:00-11:05 MWF and
3:00-4:05 MWF. You can also make an appointment.
Text: Linear Algebra by Jim Hefferon. ISBN 974-0-9898975-6-3
Free version online at http://joshua.smcvt.edu/linearalgebra
Software: We will sometimes use the mathematics program MatLab,
which is available to all on the campus network.
Course goals: To become very friendly with linear equations,
vectors, matrices, determinants, linear transformations,
eigenvalues, and eigenvectors.
Grading: Homework 100 points
2 Hour exams 100 points each
Final exam 150 points comprehensive
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Total 450 points
The exact correspondence between points and letter grades
will be determined at the end of the semester. It is usually
close to the traditional 90-80-70-60 cutoffs, but I reserve
the right to modify it.
Homework is due daily at the start of class, and will be graded.
Late homework will get half credit, unless previous arrangements
have been made (i.e. tell me when you are going to miss class
for some excellent reason, or email me when you are too sick to
come to class).
Roll will not be taken, but frequent absences will be noticed.
You are still subject to the attendence policy in the Student
Handbook.
Policy on cheating: Don't. Studying together to understand the
material is fine, but the work you hand in is to be your own.
See the Student Handbook statement on academic honesty.
Final exam: there will be a comprehensive final exam held in the
official final exam period for this course, Thursday, May 5, 11:30-1:30.
Tell your family not to plan family vacations, weddings, rides home
etc. until after finals.
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Since this course satisfies the Analytical Thought requirement of the
Central Curriculum (even though most of you are not taking it for that
purpose), the syllabus must list the relevant learning goals and how
this course relates to them.
Central Curriculum Analytical Thought learning goals:
1. Abstract a problem into a symbolic or mathematical model
or framework.
Students should be able to translate real-world problems into
mathematical models. This course studies linear problems, so
students should be able to identify variables in a problem,
set up linear equations, and identify the kind of problem.
2. Interpret such a model or framework in terms of a real-
world construct.
After solving the relevant mathematical problem, the mathematical
result must be translated back into the terms of the original problem,
in a form intelligible to an appropriate audience.
3. Reason from precisely stated principles using deductive
methods and draw valid conclusions.
Each type of mathematical model or problem-solving technique has
specific prerequisites for its validity, and specific techniques
for valid solution.
4. Recognize, manipulate and reason from or about abstract
patterns.
The abstract patterns involved here are centered around
linear equations, vectors, linear combinations, and matrices.