Syllabus for Honors Linear Algebra, Fall 2017

Instructor: Y.P. Lee, JWB 305
Office Hours: F 16:00-16:35 (?), MWF 17:50-18:30 and by appointments.

Time. MWF 16:35-17:50.
Room. JWB 308.

Course Information
Textbook: Linear Algebra, 3rd Edition, by Serge Lang. ISBN 9781475719499. (It can be purchased at U Bookstore or at various online sites.)
Schedule: Class starts on 21 August and ends on 7 Dec. Holidays: 4 Sep, 9-13 Oct, 23-24 Nov.
Subject: Math. Catalogue Number: 2270. Class Index Number: 6093.
Description: This is an honors/PhD-track class on linear algebra with emphasis on proofs and rigorous foundations of the subject. It is different from the algorithmic linear algebra taught in other sections (2270-1, 2270-2 and 2270-4) and uses a different textbook. Still, it covers all standard material covered in the regular course and more.
Coverage: We will cover the entire textbook (for the most part). Since this is an honors/PhD-track course, the pace will be brisk and students are expected to work hard outside the classroom.
Prerequisite: The standard prerequisit for 2270 is "C" or better in MATH 2210 OR MATH 1260 OR MATH 1280 OR MATH 1321 OR MATH 1320. This honors class has higher requirements and the enrollment must be preapproved by the undergraduate advisor through permission code application.
Permission code: This is an honors/PhD-track course and permission code is required. To get the permission code, please visit mathematics department homepage.

Homework: Homework will be assigned in the class and posted at the class website afterwards. HW assignments are collected on the following Monday (or Wednesday if Monday is a holiday.)
UMail: Students are required to check their UMail accounts for important information regarding this class. (One way is to setup forwarding to your gmail.) When emailing, please put 2270 in the subject line. Use Umail whenever possible on private matters. For assistance regarding UMail, please call 581.4000.

Exams (tentative as of 10th Nov)
Location: JWB 308, the lecture room, unless otherwise announced.
1st Midterm: Wednesday, 13 Sep
2nd Midterm: Wednesday, 4 Oct
3rd Midterm: Wednesday, 15 Nov
4th Midterm: Wednesday, 6 Dec
Final Exam: Monday, 11 Dec, 6-8PM.
(*) Depending on the schedule, 4th midterm exam might be cancelled at the discretion of the instructor.
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 exam is possible without a documented exceptional reason. In most cases, makeup exam must be authorized by the instructor and be held prior to the scheduled exam date.

Grading Policy
Grades are based on the following scheme: 10% Homeork, 60% for midterm exams, 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, Keep Up, and Do the Homework Problems. The exams will contain at least 80% from material covered in lecturs and homework problems, with little modification. A sure way to get a good grade is to study for the class, and do the assignments as if you are taking the tests, without the help of the book, notes and computers. It also helps a great deal to ask questions during and after the lectures, especially after you have already (p)reviewed 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 this class just to get a passing grade and with no intention to learn, consider taking another class.

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