Math 304-06: Linear Algebra

Fall 2019

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  Thomas Zaslavsky
  Office: WH-216

Office hours

Course description

The textbook is Linear Algebra and Its Applications, 5th Edition, by David C. Lay, Steven R. Lay, and Judi J. McDonald, Pearson Publishers, e-book with MyLab Math. This list of chapters is what we plan to cover (skipping a little bit, as indicated). It may be subject to some change as we go.

Textbook info: Here is a link to the Pearson webpage for the textbook, including information about the MyLab Math homework system:
      Lay-Lay-McDonald webpage.
If you purchased the wrong e-book (without full access to MyLab), you can write and explain this to Pearson representatives. You can get a full refund for that product and then buy the correct one. Ideally, the response time should be about 2 business days.

To register for Pearson MyLab, see this page: student registration instructions.

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Course goals
Develop theoretical and computational skills in basic linear algebra.

Homework Readings and Problems

Examinations and grading

Course grade
20% for each of the three classroom exams.
30% for the final exam.
10% for homework and quizzes.

There will be many short quizzes. There are no make-up quizzes.

Past quizzes and tests are accessible from the tests & quizzes page.

Exam dates and coverage
Exam 1: Wednesday, Sept 25, 2019. Coverage: §§ 1.1-5, 1.7-9, 2.1-3, 2.8-9.

Exam 2: Wednesday, Oct 30, 2019. Coverage: §§ 3.1-2, 4.7, 5.1-3. Exam 3: Monday, Nov 25, 2019. Coverage: §§ 5.4-7.1 (just the material we covered; see the syllabus page). Final Exam: Friday, Dec 13, 2019, at 12:50 p.m. in GW 69EX.

Exam policy
See the 304 course site. Notably:

Classroom behavior

Always turn your cell phone to silent before entering the classroom. No cell phone use is allowed except to photo the board (if you wish). If you do use your phone except to photograph the board, I may confiscate your device for the rest of the class.

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