MATH 325-01 (Linear Algebra), Fall 2018

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Instructor: Jake Wildstrom
Office: Natural Sciences Building 113
Office hours: M12–13, T10–11, W14–15, R14:30–15:30, and by appointment
Phone number: (502)852-5845 (x5845)
Lecture: TR 11:00–12:15 in Natural Sciences Building 110
Prerequisites: MATH 180, MATH 205, or equivalent course credit.
Textbook: Linear Algebra with Applications, ninth edition, by Steven J. Leon (ISBN 0-321-96221-4).
Course Objectives: Students who complete this course will be able to perform arithmetic and algebra with matrices, including the calculation and significance of determinants, eigenvalues, eigenspaces, and decomposition techniques, and their applications to understanding systems of equations and vector spaces.
Responsibilities: You are responsible for attending class on a regular basis and maintaining comprehension of the scheduled class objectives for each day. You are expected to be active participants in class, and to attend quizzes and examinations. You are expected to do and understand assignments preparatory to quizzes.
Special needs: Any scheduled absence during a quiz or examination, or any other special needs, must be brought to my attention during the first week of class. Unscheduled absences will be handled on a case-by-case basis, with exceptions generally made only for documented emergencies.
Calculators: Calculators are unnecessary for any in-class work. A four-function calculator only may be used on quizzes or examinations, if desired, but should be unnecessary. Calculators will also be unnecessary for most homework problems, but may be used at your discretion. For any calculation more complicated than simple arithmetic, you are expected to show your work.
Honesty: There are many resources available to help you succeed in this class, including consultation during office hours and cooperation with other students. It is important, however, that all work handed in be the result of your individual comprehension of the course material. Duplication of others' work is both a disservice to your own education and a serious violation of the university's academic honesty policy.
Grades: You will keep a homework notebook and it will be assessed for completeness (but not correctness) at the end of the semester for 5% of your grade. Quizzes will be based on the homework problems, and will collectively account for 20% of your grade. The two midterm examinations will each be worth 20%, and the final examination is worth 35%. A 90% overall guarantees a grade of A–, 80% guarantees a B–, and 70% guarantees a C–. Two percentage points above each of these thresholds (92%, 82%, etc.) guarantees an unmodified grade (A, B, C, etc.).
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Changes: The syllabus is subject to change. Changes will be announced in class and updated online.

Course schedule

This schedule is tentative and may not reflect our progress at any particular time in the class; treat this as a rough guide only.

Tuesday Thursday
August 21st
Section 1.1
August 23rd
Section 1.2
August 28th
Sections 1.3, 1.4
August 30th
Sections 1.5, 1.6
Quiz #1
September 4th
Section 2.1
September 6th
Sections 2.2, 2.3
September 11th
Section 3.1
September 13th
Section 3.2
Quiz #2
September 18th
Section 3.3
September 20th
Section 3.4
September 25th
Sections 3.5, 3.6
September 27th
Section 4.1
Quiz #3
October 2nd
Section 4.2
October 4th
Exam #1
October 9th
Mid-term break
October 11th
Sections 5.1, 5.2
October 16th
Section 5.3
October 18th
Section 5.4
Quiz #4
October 23rd
Section 5.5
October 25th
Section 5.6
October 30th
Section 6.1
November 1st
Section 6.1
Quiz #5
November 6th
Section 6.2
November 8th
Section 6.3
November 13th
Section 6.4
November 15th
Section 6.5
Quiz #6
November 20th
Exam #2
November 22nd
November 27th
Section 6.6
Homework notebook due
November 29th
Section 6.7
Quiz #7
December 4th
Reading day
December 6th
Final exam, 11:30–14:00

Assigned problems

A complete preparation for quizzes, and a complete homework notebook at the end of the semester, will include solutions to all of the following problems.

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