# Linear Algebra

**Requirement:** This course is required for the math
major and recommended for the math minor.

**Course Content:** Systems of linear equations; matrix
algebra; vector spaces; orthogonality; linear

transformations; eigenvalues and eigenvectors; applications

**Reading** is essential in this course. Read slowly
for understanding with pencil and paper in hand to

take notes and fill in missing steps .

**Homework** is also essential. The problems require
clear thinking and perseverance. Get Socratic

help from me or a classmate if you are really stuck , but **DO NOT** copy
someone else's work.

About one-third of the class time will be devoted to presentations of homework
problems by you

and your classmates. Homework will also be collected after these presentations .
Presentations and

written homework will count about 100 points in all. Late homework won't be
accepted. Arrange

for homework to be delivered, or e-mailed or faxed if necessary to make sure it
is turned in on time.

Doing homework and participating in class are the keys to success in this
course.

**Tests:** There will be 3 tests worth about 100 points
each and a comprehensive final exam worth 200

points. Make-up tests will not be given. The final exam will count more heavily
to make up for a

missing test score.

**Grading: **The average of all scores will be used to
compute your grade (90,80,70,60 cutoffs or the

math department curve of about one quarter A’s and one quarter B’s if percentage
grading proves

to be unfair).

**Grading:** The average of all scores will be used to
compute your grade (90,80,70,60 cutoffs or the

math department curve of about one quarter A’s and one quarter B’s if percentage
grading proves

to be unfair).

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