Syllabus and Homework Assignments |

**General Comments on the Course:
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Linear algebra is a branch of modern algebra in which the theory of vector spaces, linear transformations (functions between vector spaces), and matrices are studied. The emphasis is on abstraction and the main methods consist of definitions, theorems and their proofs, and examples. Since this is usually the first mathematics course in which proofs are central, it is important for students to understand the logical progression of a proof and to be able to prove simple results on their own. In addition to being a part of pure mathematics, linear algebra has applications in many areas, including but not limited to mathematics, physical and biological sciences, and economics.

**Announcements: **

Textbook & Classes | Instructor | Homework & Examinations |
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Grades | Honor Principle | Disabilities & Religious Observance |

Textbook & Classes |
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*Linear Algebra (Fourth Edition)* by S. Friedberg, A. Insel and L. Spence

Classes held Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 10:00 - 11:05 (x-hour Thursday, 12:00 - 12:50) in Kemeny Hall, Room 105.

It is each student's responsibility to be aware of academic deadlines as stated by the Registrar.

Instructor |
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Martin(o) Arkowitz

Office: 207 Kemeny Hall

Office hours:
After each class, Tuesday from 2:00 to 4:00, and by appointment

Phone: 646-2419 or BlitzMail (preferred)

Homework & Examinations |
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- Readings and homework from the text will be assigned for each class period and homework will be collected weekly. For the assignments, see Syllabus and Homework Assignments. Homework which is listed on the syllabus for week n is due on Monday of week n+1.
- Each of the two midterm exams will have an in-class part and a take-home part. The in-class part is scheduled to take place during the x-hour of the fourth and the eighth week. Specifically, the first in-class midterm will be on Thursday, April 18, 12:00-12:50 and the second will be on Thursday, May 16, 12:00-12:50. The final exam has been scheduled by the Registrar for June 1 at 8:00.

** Important:** Tutorials will be held on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday evenings from 7:00 to 9:00 in Haldeman Room 028. They will be run by Nicolas Petit, a graduate student in the Mathematics Department. This is the place to go to get help with your homework.

Grades |
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- The course grade will be based upon the exams and the homework assignments. Class attendance and participation will be considered in assigning letter grades at the end of the term in borderline cases. The distribution of points is as follows.

First Midterm Exam | 100 points |

Second Midterm Exam | 100 points |

Final Exam | 150 points |

Homework |
100 points |

Total | 450 points |

The Honor Principle |
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- On Exams: No help given or received.

- On Homework: Students are encouraged to work together with one or two classmates and/or to seek help. What is important in doing homework is the eventual comprehension of the solution of the problem.
When a student writes up a homework problem it is to be his or her own understanding of how to solve the problem. The solutions that a student submits must be written by him or her alone. Any copying of another person's solutions will be regarded as a violation of the Honor Code.

Disabilities and Religious Observance |
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- Students with learning, physical, or psychiatric disabilities enrolled in this course who may need disability-related accommodations are encouraged to meet with the instructor before the end of the second week of the term. All discussions will remain confidential, although the Student Accessibility Services office may be consulted.

- Students who miss classes because of religious observance need not inform the instructor in advance. However, to get full credit for late homework due to religious observance, it is necessary to inform the instructor in advance.