Math 2300 - Elementary Linear Algebra

Section 100, Control number 40631
Fall Semester 2013
Department of Mathematics
Western Michigan University

Updated September 9, 2013 (office hours)

Time and location:  Class meets 11 - 11:50 a.m., MTRF, in 3391 Rood Hall.  Final exam is Wednesday, Dec. 11, 10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Instructor:  Jay A. Wood, 6617 Everett Tower, 387-4812, email: jay(dot)wood(at)wmich(dot)edu .

Office hours:  Noon - 1 p.m., MTR, and by appointment.

Course description (from the undergraduate catalog):  Vectors and geometry in two and three dimensions, systems of linear equations, matrix algebra, linear transformations in R2 and R3, generalizations to the vector spaces Rn, inner products, determinants. Some emphasis on proofs.

Prerequisites & Corequisites: Prerequisite: MATH 1220 or MATH 1230 or MATH 1700 or MATH 1710 or MATH 2720 or MATH 3740. (MATH 1230 or MATH 1710 recommended.)

Credits: 4 hours

Textbook:  Jeffrey Holt, Linear Algebra with Applications, W. H. Freeman and Company, 2013.  We will try to cover most of chapters 1-10.

Homework:  Here is the list of homework assignments for the semester.  Due dates will be announced in class.  Usually, a homework assignment will be given on day n; questions on that assignment may be asked in class on day n+1; and the assignment will be due at the start of class on day n+2.  Homework will usually be graded on an attempted/not attempted basis.

Grades:  Course grades will be determined by an accumulation of points from homework (scaled to a 100-pt basis), quizzes (scaled to a 50-pt basis), three in-class exams (up to 300 pts, 100 pts each), and a final exam (up to 250 pts).  That is a total of 700 possible points.  I will be at least as generous as follows:  A-at least 630; BA-at least 595; B-at least 560; CB- at least 525; C-at least 490; DC-at least 455; D-at least 420. 

Exam dates:  Tuesday, Sept. 24; Tuesday, Oct. 22; Tuesday, Nov. 19---all in class.  Final exam is Wednesday, Dec. 11, 10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Collaboration:  You may work together on homework, but not quizzes or exams.  If you do work together, or if you receive assistance from someone else, please say so on your paper (e.g., "I worked with Ingrid Daubechies on problems 5 and 7, and with Paul Halmos on problems 10 and 15").  Each person is responsible for writing up his/her own version of the solution.

Accommodation for Disabilities:  Any student with a documented disability (e.g., physical, learning, psychiatric, vision, hearing, etc.) who needs to arrange reasonable accommodations must contact Disability Services for Students at 387-2116 at the beginning of the semester. A disability determination must be made by that office before any accommodations are provided by the instructor.

Student Conduct and Academic Honesty (wording courtesy of the WMU Faculty Senate's Professional Concerns Committeee): "You are responsible for making yourself aware of and understanding the policies and procedures in the Undergraduate and Graduate Catalogs that pertain to Academic Honesty. These policies include cheating, fabrication, falsification and forgery, multiple submission, plagiarism, complicity and computer misuse. [The policies can be found at under Academic Policies, Student Rights and Responsibilities.] If there is reason to believe you have been involved in academic dishonesty, you will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct. You will be given the opportunity to review the charge(s). If you believe you are not responsible, you will have the opportunity for a hearing. You should consult with your instructor if you are uncertain about an issue of academic honesty prior to the submission of an assignment or test."

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