Introduction to Linear Algebra (Math 515)

Spring 2010


Gerald Hoehn
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.

The Course

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.

Grading Policy

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%.

Homework Assignments

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.

General Information

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.