Introduction to Linear Algebra (Math 515)
Office: Cardwell Hall 235
Times and Locations
Lecture: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 12:30-1:30 in Cardwell-Hall 153.
Office hours: Monday 9:30-10:30 a.m., Wednesday, 11:30-12:30 a.m., and by appointment
Mid-term Exams: t.b.a.
Final exam: t.b.a.
Text: Linear Algebra done right, S. Axler, 2nd edition, Springer.
Course Outline: Introduction to vector spaces.
As a motivation, I will discuss vectors in the Euclidean plane and space. Then,
I will cover as much of Axlers's book as time permits.
Prerequisites: Math 222 is recommeded but all that is required
is a sound knowledge of College Algebra and some mathematical maturity.
Weekly Assignments: 175 points
Two mid-terms: 100 points each
Final exam: 150 points
Tentative letter grades: A: 100%-67%, B: 66%-51%, C:50%-41%.
Problems will be assigned weekly, due in class on Friday of the following week. You will generally
have a week to work on the problems. Don't leave your homework to the last minute (many
of the questions will involve proofs or may required extended thought). Show all your
work. Include your name and Math 515 on the front.
If you have any condition such as physical or learning disability, which
will make it difficult to carry out the work as I have outlined it or which will
require academic accommodations, please notify me
in the first two weeks of class. There will be no late homework
or make-up exams. If you have to miss a test for a valid reason then your course
grade will be determined from your remaining work (notify me
as soon as possible).
Gerald Höhn, 8/24/2009.