MATH 5513




Instructor:         Scott Sykes

Office:              MP 314

Office Hours:    Monday  11:00-2:00, 3:30-5:30

                        Wednesday 11:00-2:00

                        Friday 11:00-12:00

                        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.


Learning Outcomes:

At the end of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Understand vector spaces, subspaces, and dimension
  2. Understand what it means for a set of vectors to be linearly independent, spanning and a basis in a vector space (see L3)
  3. Understand linear transformations (see L3)
  4. Understand and compute determinants (see L3)
  5. Do a project and give an oral presentation linking these concepts to the course (see L2)


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.





PROJECT (Math 5513 Students only)

A project will be assigned that links the ideas of this class.  It will require an oral presentation.  You will be given more details at a later time.  It is worth 100 points towards your grade in the class.


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


                        POINTS          GRADE

                        630-700           A

                        560-629           B

                        490-559           C

                        420-489           D

                            0-419           F


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.