Lynchburg College

Spring 20

Syllabus for

MATH 307 A Linear Algebra


Instructor: Dr. Kevin Peterson
Text (provided by instructor:) David C. Lay, "Linear Algebra and its Applications", 2nd Ed, Addison Wesley Longman

Hobbs 314      Phone: 434 544 8374

Office hours: Office hours: Monday, Wednesday 9:00-11:00 am ·  or by appointment.
Course: 307 LINEAR ALGEBRA (3)

Prerequisite: Math 260 or equivalent strongly recommended.



Students will meet these goals by achieving the following objectives:


In-class work and class participation: Bring your homework and notes to each and every class.  Everyday there will be a quiz, group work, a homework check, or other activity that may require the work from your homework.  Each of these activities will be worth "class participation" points (there are a total of 200 points possible).  It may be from any assigned section. 

Attendance: Attendance at each scheduled class meeting is considered mandatory. Part of your grade is based on class participation.  Because of this, “legitimate” or “excused” absences are not treated any differently in regards to missed work.  If you are not present, then you cannot contribute to the cooperative problem-solving process. Class participation, attendance, quizzes, class activities and doing the homework (on time) is more than 1/3 of your grade or 200 of 550 points. You may send your homework to me via email on days you are absent (no more than 4 times) ... but you will receive a zero for any missed in-class activities. If a student misses 5 of these assignments, they will lose 100 class participation points. Students with 6 or more missed class assignments, will lose 200 points.

Students who habitually: arrive  late for class, leave early, sleep, use their phone, don't ask questions, don't answer questions, or are otherwise unengaged  and unprofessional in the class will receive zeros for class participation.

If you miss a scheduled test (with an appropriate excuse), you will have an opportunity to make it up at the end of the semester.  All make-up exams will be given during the last week of class. 

Email: I will regularly email the class with updates, problems, solutions, quizzes, and information about the class.  You are expected to check your email (at least) once a day (especially during times when school is cancelled).  I will always use the subject line "Math 307".  You should respond to emails (that require a response) within 24 hours as will I. 

Respectful Conduct: Everyone in the class will be respectful and considerate of others.


Talking in class: I encourage all students to participate in class discussions. Please keep all

discussions to the topic at hand. Personal conversations are disruptive and inconsiderate. Students

who frequently disrupt the class may be asked not to return.

Cheating and Plagiarism: Cheating and plagiarism are serious offenses and will not be tolerated. Plagiarism is the act of presenting someone else's work as your own (this someone may be another student, a tutor, a member of the faculty, or an author). Any student caught cheating or committing plagiarism will be subject to disciplinary action. See handbook for details.  If I believe you have cheated on an assignment you will receive a 0 on that assignment (with no make up opportunities) .  If you are caught cheating  on more than one assignment you will receive an F in the course.  Extreme cases will be handled by the Student Judicial Board and may result in suspension or expulsion.

ADA Statement: University of Lynchburg is committed to providing all students equal access to learning opportunities.  The Center for Accessibility and Disability Services (CADR) works with eligible students with disabilities (medical, physical, mental health and cognitive) to make arrangements for appropriate, reasonable accommodations.  Students registered with CADR who receive approved accommodations are required to provide letters of accommodation each semester to each professor.  A meeting to discuss accommodations the student wishes to implement in individual courses is strongly suggested. Accommodations are not retroactive and begin when the accommodation letter is provided to faculty. For information about requesting accommodations, please visit  (rev 5/22/18)
Julia Timmons, Accessibility and Disability Resources Coordinator Email, phone (434)-544-8687
Meg Dillon, Accessibility and Disability Resources Specialist Email, phone (434)-544-8709

Grades: Your course grade will be based on three main components.
1. Tests : 3 tests each worth 100 points

2. Quizzes, Projects, and Class participation: Worth a total of 200 points
3. Final comprehensive problem set: 50 points

There are 550 points possible. The grades will be given on the following scale.

A+: 545-550

A :  501-544

A-:  495-500

B+: 490-494
B :  446-489

B-: 440-445


C+: 435-439
C :  391-434

C-: 385-390


D+: 380-384
D :  336-379

D-: 330-335


Tentative Test  Schedule:

Test 1 Feb 14

Test 2 Mar 21
Test 3 April 25

Withdrawal Policy: If you wish to withdraw from this course, it is your responsibility to do so.

Course web page: Any modifications to the course policies and/or course syllabus will be announced on the course web page.



Each student should keep a portfolio of their work in a 3-ring binder. The format and requirements of the portfolio are listed below. 


The goal of keeping this portfolio is :

  1. To give you appropriate credit for the homework done for this course.

  2. To help you organize your work in a meaningful way so that it may be more easily studied later.

  3. To help you organize your thoughts and concentrate on the important aspects of each problem.

  4. To encourage you to revisit important definitions and theorems as they apply.


Useful Format:

  1. Clearly label each chapter and section.

  2. Include every assigned homework problem for each section.

  3. Include all graded tests, quizzes, and projects from that section (at the end of the section).

  4. Do not include class notes.

  5. Neatly write each problem statement.

  6. Write the definition of every mathematical term in the problem.

  7. Write down each theorem that you needed to solve the problem.

  8. Include the solution to the problem.

  9. If you can not solve the problem, in a different color, write a short description of where and why you are stuck.  "I got stuck" or "couldn't get started" are not appropriate descriptions.

  10. Finally, if you were stuck on a problem write down the solution after we have gone over it in class.



Chapter 1: Linear Equations in Linear Algebra

Chapter 2: Matrix Algebra

Chapter 3: Determinants

Chapter 4: Vector Spaces

Chapter 5: Eigenvalues and Eigenvectors

Chapter 6: Orthogonality and Least-Squares