Syllabus for Math 2270 Section 2, Fall 2008

Instructor: Y.-P. Lee, JWB 305
Office Hours: MWF 12-12:50 and by appointments.

Time. MW 16:10-18:00
Room. JTB 110.

Course Information
Textbook: Linear Algebra with Applications 3E, by O. Bretscher.
Subject: MATH. Catalogue Number: 2270. Official Course Numbers: 1432.
Description: Euclidean space, linear systems, Gaussian elimination, determinants, inverses, vector spaces, linear transformations, quadratic forms, least squares and linear programming, eigenvalues and eigenvectors, diagonalization. Includes theoretical and computer lab components.
Prerequisite: MATH 1220 or 1225 or 1260. Fulfills Quantitative Reasoning (Math & Stat/Logic).

Homework: Homework will be completed using WebWork. Assignments will generally be due on Tuesdays at 18:00.
UMail: Students are required to check their UMail accounts for important information regarding this class. For assistance regarding UMail, please call 581.4000.

Location: JTB 110, unless otherwise announced.
1st Midterm: Wednesday, 24th September
2nd Midterm: Wednesday, 29th October
3rd Midterm: Monday, 24th November
Final Exam: Wednesday, 17th December, 15:30- 17:30.
Note: All exams are cumulative. Only pencils are allowed during the exams. No calculators, computers, books, notes etc.
Important! Please make sure that you can attend all exams. No makeup exams are possible.

Grading Policy
Grades are based on the following scheme: 25% Homeork, 15% for each midterm exam, and 30% for the final exam. No alternative scheme unless authorized by the instructor in advance.

Additional Resources: The Math Center offers free tutoring, a computer lab, and study areas for undergraduates. Math Center is adjacent to the LCB and JWB. For information on the hours of the lab or tutoring center, please check on the website: The univeristy provides low cost Private Tutoring at University Tutoring Services at 330 SSB. There is also a list of tutors at the Math Department office, JWB 233

How to do well in this class? The answer is straightforward and old-fashioned: Prepare for Class, Keeping Up, and Do the Homework Problems. The exams will contain at least 80% from material covered in lecturs and homework problems, with little modification. If you really spend time with the material, there is a sure way to get a good grade. It also helps a great deal to ask questions during and after the lectures, especially after you have already previewed the material.

Instructor's comments: The goal of this class is to have students learn the material well and then to give them fair and accurate grades. To achieve this goal, the instructor belives in serious homework problems and hard exams. Serious problems make students learn more and better. Hard exams give a better evaluation of students' learning. In other words, if you are taking 1210 calculus just to get a passinggrade and with no intention to learn, consider taking another class.

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