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COURSE
INFORMATION
M.FLASHMAN
MATH 344 : Linear
Algebra
MWF 10:00-10:50 ROOM: BSS211
OFFICE: BSS 356
PHONE:826-4950 Hours (Tent.): MTR 1:30- 2:30 AND BY APPOINTMENT or chance!
E-MAIL: flashman@humboldt.edu
WWW: http://flashman.neocities.org/
***PREREQUISITE: {Math 240 [allowed as a corequisite by permission] and (either Math 241 or Math 213)} OR permission.
Catalog Description: Matrices, vector spaces, linear transformations,
canonical forms, characteristic values, applications. Prereq: MATH 240
and 241.
SCOPE: This course will cover various tpics from " linear algebra."
We will examine informally and formally theorems and theories for linear
algebraic structures. Supplementary readings and materials will be
supplied as appropriate, as well as edited class notes on line.We will
cover material primarily associated with chapters TBA but
other sections from the text will be treated when relevant as time permits.
TESTS AND ASSIGNMENTS:
Homework assignments are made regularly and should be passed in on
the due date. Sloppy and disorganized work will not be accepted.
Homework may not be accepted after 5 pm on the due
date. There will be at least three quizzes (on-line using Moodle), one self-scheduled mid-term exam, a special "partnership"
assignment, and a comprehensive final examination.
The Mid-term Exam will be announced at least one week in advance.
THE FINAL EXAMINATION WILL BE SELF SCHEDULED.
The final exam will be comprehensive, covering the entire semester.
BECAUSE OF THE INTENSE NATURE OF THIS COURSE, MAKE-UP TESTS WILL NOT BE
GIVEN EXCEPT FOR VERY SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES!
It is the student's responsibility to request a makeup promptly.
*** DAILY ATTENDANCE SHOULD BE A HABIT! ***
Partnership Activities: Partnerships of
2 or 3 members will work on some activites jointly. Every two weeks
your partnership will submit a summary of what we have covered in class.
(No more than two sides of a paper.) These may be organized in any way
you find useful but should not be a copy of your class notes. I will read
and correct these before returning them. Partners will receive corrected
photocopies.
Your summaries will be allowed as references for part of the final
examination only.
GRADES: Final grades will be determined taking into consideration
the quality of work done in the course as evidenced primarily from the
accumulation of points from the various assignments.
The quizzes will be worth a total of 60 points.
The Midterm exam will be worth 100 points, the partnership assignment will
be worth 50 points, and the final exam will be worth 200 points.
The work on the bi-weekly summaries will be used to determine 40 points
.
Homework performance will count for 100 points.
Homework
100
Summaries
40
Partnership
50
Midterm Exam
100
Quizzes(Changed 12-02)
None (was 60)
Final Exam
200
Total
490
The total points available for the semester is 490(12-2-08). Notice that only 300(12-2-08)
of these points are from tests, so regular participation is essential to
forming a good foundation for your grades as well as your learning.
MORE THAN 4 ABSENCES MAY LOWER THE FINAL GRADE FOR POOR ATTENDANCE.
•Students with Disabilities:
Persons who wish to request disability-related accommodations should
contact the Student Disability Resource Center in House 71, 826-4678
(voice) or 826-5392 (TDD). Some accommodations may take up to several
weeks to arrange. http://www.humboldt.edu/~sdrc/
•Add/Drop policy: ** See the University rules and
dates related to the following:
No drops will be allowed
without
"serious
and compelling reasons" and a fee after this date.
No drops allowed after this date.
Students wishing to be graded
with either
CR or NC should make this request using the web registration procedures.
TECHNOLOGY: The computer will be used for some problems.
Students wishing help with any graphing calculator should plan to bring
their calculator manual with them to class. Computer software would also
be useful. Some free online resources will be posted on Moodle.
Here are some on-line tools:
Two
simple calculuators (i) Solves linear equation systems (ii) Calculates
some simple matrix features.
Linear
solver, solves your linear systems, including systems with parameters.
Matrix
multiplier, input two matrices and get their product (or other formula).
Vector
calculator, linear dependence, orthogonal complement, visualisation,
products...
Still in development! I may suggest using some of the Linear Algebra
Interactive Exercises from WIMS
at wims.unice.fr .
* The link register
on-line at WIMS allows you to register yourself to the class.
(The class password is "flash" for the registration.)
* Then the link WIMS
Class Home Page will bring you (those who have registered) to the homepage
of the class.