Math 2B Linear Algebra Course Information Sheet - Fall 1997

Instructor: Russell Lee Office: PH 107 408-848-4881
Office Hours: As posted (see office door), and by appointment
Meets: M, W, F. 12:10 - 1:00 p.m. Room PH 102.
Textbook: Linear Algebra and its Applications, 2nd Edition, 1997. David C. Lay, author.
Student Study Guide, to accompany above.
Prerequisite: Math 2A with a grade of "C" or better.
Attendance: Regular attendance is highly recommended. It is the responsibility of the student to drop the course by obtaining a drop card from the registrar.
Honor Code: Students are expected to exercise academic honesty and integrity. Violations will result in disciplinary action that may include recommendation for dismissal.
Special Needs: Students requiring special arrangements because of a disability should contact their instructor, counselor, or the Disability Resource Center.
Course Objectives
and Goals:
Upon the successful completion of this course, the student will be proficient in the manipulation and solution of systems of linear equations, vectors and matrices, determinants, vector spaces, linear transformations, eigenvalues and eigenvectors.

We will cover Chapters 1 through 15 at approximately one section per day.
Evaluation: Students will receive a letter grade based upon the following:
  1. Four midterm exams, lowest score dropped. 75% of grade.
  2. Comprehensive two-hour final exam. 25% of grade.
90% of the total possible points will be required for an A, 80% of the total possible points for a B, 70% for a C, and 60% for a D.
Homework: Doing homework is the most important part of the class. Homework problems will be assigned daily and reviewed at the beginning of each class.
Exams: The three midterm exams will be given in class on the following Fridays:
September 9 October 7 November 4 December 2
Make-up exams will not be given. Mark these dates in your calendar today. The best preparation for the exams is to do the homework. The exams will be straightforward for those who complete and understand the homework problems. All exams are closed book and closed notes.
Final Exam: Tuesday, December 16, 1997. 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Room PH 102. Without exception!