Last updated August 23, 2007

Syllabus HW Assignments Exams

Linear Algebra with Applications

Text Lecture Instructor
Homework Exams Bonus Points
Grades Honor Principle Disabilities


We will also use blackboard heavily. There, you will find copies of the notes for each lecture, solutions to all of the groupworks, and solutions to all of the previous homeworks, in addition to the gradebook and occasional supplemental material.



Linear Algebra and its Applications (3rd edition w/ update) by David C. Lay
(Available at Wheelock Books)


Scheduled Lectures

MWF 11:15 - 12:20
x-hour*: Tu 12:00-12:50
Location: Kemeny 108

* The class will generally meet in x-hours unless otherwise noted.



Jonathan Bayless
Office: 239 Kemeny Hall
Office Hours: M 12:30-1:30, T 1:00-2:00, W 1:00-2:00, F 1:00-2:00
and by appointment


Homework Policy

For each day of class, there will be an assignment posted on the homework page and due the following Friday (along with the other assignments for the week). The week's assignments will be graded out of twenty points. Please write up your assignments neatly, and clearly indicate the assignment and problem on your paper. Show all necessary work in your solutions. You may work with other students, which is encouraged, particularly with your groups. However, as noted in the section on the honor policy below, please write up your assignments individually.

All homework assignments are due at the start of class on the day they are due. LATE HOMEWORK WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED FOR ANY REASON. The grader is permitted to give a grade of 0/20 on any homework that does not have a name or that is not neat and stapled.

Group work will be a big part of this course. In addition to the bonus points on each exam, there will be in-class groupwork, and, at the end of the course, each student's lowest score on the homework will be replaced by their group's average score on that homework.



There will be two exams and a final scheduled as follows:

Exam 1 Wednesday, July 11 11:15-12:20 Kemeny 108
Exam 2 Tuesday, July 31 12:00-12:50 Kemeny 108
Final Saturday, August 25 08:00 - 11:00 Kemeny 108


Bonus Points

There will be a number of opportunities for bonus points throughout this course. For the first exam, the group whose average is highest will recieve 5 bonus points. For the second exam and the final, the group whose average score improved most from the previous exam will recieve 5 bonus points. There may also be a problem or two added as a bonus to a homework assignment.



The course will be graded out of 800 points distributed as follows:

Homework 20 % 160 points
Exam I 25 % 200 points
Exam II 25 % 200 points
Final 30 % 240 points

* Group work will also factor into the homework, exam, and final grades. See the sections on homework and bonus points.


The Honor Principle

Collaboration on homework is not only permitted but strongly encouraged. However, it is a violation of the honor code for someone to provide the answers for you. In other words, you should feel free to talk to other students while thinking about a problem, but you should write up your solutions independently. You are also on your honor not to talk to another student about an exam or final until both you and the other student have handed in the exam or final.



Students with disabilities who will be taking this course and may need disability-related classroom accommodations are encouraged to make an appointment to see the instructor as soon as possible. They should also stop by the Academic Skills Center in Collis 301 to register for support services.