THIS IS A WAC COURSE!!
Instructor: Scott Sykes
Office Hours: Monday 11:00-2:00, 3:30-5:30
or by appointment
Office Phone: 836-4346
Prerequisite: MATH 2853 and 3003
Course Description: The first course in a comprehensive, theoretically-oriented, two-course sequence in linear algebra. Topics include abstract vector spaces, subspaces, linear transformations, determinants, and elementary canonical forms.
At the end of this course, the student will be able to:
TEXT: Elementary Linear Algebra, Kohlman-Hill
TESTS: There will be exams on Monday, February 24 and Monday, April 21. Each will count 100 points towards your final grade.
FINAL: The final is Monday, May 5 at 5:30-7:30. It counts 200 points towards your final grade and will be comprehensive.
HOMEWORK: Homework will be assigned each week and collected the following Monday. Each assignment is worth 15 points. You will lose 3 points for each day it is late. You may count a maximum of 200 points towards your final grade.
WRITTEN ASSIGNEMENT (4513 Students Only) This is a WAC course and you will have to do a 5 – 7 page written paper on some application of linear algebra. The deadlines are as follows:
Topic: Monday, February 3 (10 points)
Rough Draft #1 : Monday, March 10 (15 points)
Rough Draft # 2 : Monday, April 7 (15 points)
Final paper: Monday, April 28 (60 points)
No two students can do a paper on the same topic. It will be determined who can do a particular topic based on when I get the topic from you. Rough drafts will be read for mathematics quality only although excessive grammatical or spelling errors will lower your grade. All other mistakes should be corrected before the final paper is submitted. Each day late will lose you 5 points.
GRADES: Your grade will be determined based on the following formula
TESTS 200 points
FINAL 200 points
HOMEWORK 200 points
PAPER/PROJECT 100 points
TOTAL 700 points
If you ever have any questions or suggestions, feel free to come by my office at any time. I will definitely be there during my office hours, you can just stop by. You can also stop by or call to see if I am there at other times.