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Introduction to Linear Algebra (Math 301, Fall 2020)


Linear algebra from a matrix perspective with applications from the applied sciences. Topics include the algebra of matrices, methods for solving linear systems of equations, eigenvalues and eigenvectors, matrix decompositions, and linear transformations. Prerequisites: Math 170, Math 175.


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Basic course information

Instructor Prof. Donna Calhoun
Office Mathematics 241A
Time Wednesday/Friday 9:00-10:15
Place Virtual - See BlackBoard for Zoom link
Office Hours Wednesday 12:00-1:30
Prerequesites Math 175

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Required textbook and other resources

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Lectures

We will stick the following schedule as much as possible.

Week #1 (Aug. 24)
Wednesday (8/26) --  Introduction to Linear Algebra; Sections 1.1
Friday (8/28) --  Section 1.1 (cont.)

Week #2 (Aug. 31)
Wednesday (9/2) --  Section 1.1 (cont.)
Friday (9/4) --  Section 1.3 - Applications

Week #3 (Sep. 7)
Wednesday (9/9) --  Section 1.3 : Applications
Other items of interest :
Practice Sheet #1 (practice_09_07_2020.pdf)
Friday (9/11) --  Section 2.1 : Vectors

Week #4 (Sep. 14)
Wednesday (9/16) --  Section 2.2 : Span
Friday (9/18) --  Section 2.2 : Span (cont)
Other items of interest :
Practice Sheet #2 (practice_09_18_2020.pdf)

Week #5 (Sep. 21)
Wednesday (9/23) --  Section 2.3 : Linear independence
Friday (9/25) --  Section 3.1 : Linear transformations

Week #6 (Sep. 28)
Wednesday (9/30) --  Review for Midterm #1
Friday (10/2) --  Midterm #1

Week #7 (Oct. 5)

Week #8 (Oct. 12)

Week #9 (Oct. 19)

Week #10 (Oct. 26)

Week #11 (Nov. 2)

Week #12 (Nov. 9)
Wednesday (11/11) --  Review for Midterm #2
Friday (11/13) --  Midterm #2

Week #13 (Nov. 16)

Week #14 (Nov. 30)

Week #15 (Dec. 7)

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Homework assignments

Homework assignments are to be done on WebAssign are due at 11:59PM of the due date listed in WebAssign.

Homework #1

Due Tuesday 9/8 (Midnight)

This assignment is on WebAssign

Comments : Section 1.1 and 1.2


Homework #2

Due Tuesday 9/15 (Midnight)

This assignment is on WebAssign

Comments : Section 1.3 and 2.1


Homework #3

Due Friday 9/25 (Midnight)

This assignment is on WebAssign

Comments : Section 2.2 and 2.3

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Exams

We will have two midterms and one final exam

Midterm #1 Date: Friday, October 2

Midterm #2 Date: Friday, November 13

Final Date: Wednesday, December 16

The final is 9:30-11:30


You can find the Final Exam calendar here.

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Grading policy

Homework will count for 20% of your final grade, and the two midterms and final will count for 25%. An additional 5% of your grade will be based on in class participation. A 90% and above will earn you an A, between 80% and 90% will earn you at least a B, between 70% and 80% will be at least a C, and below 60% will be a D or F. If there is any deviation from this grading policy, it will be to lower the percentages, i.e. you could still earn an A with less than 90%, but you will never need more than 90%.

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