MATH 307 A Linear Algebra
Instructor: Dr. Kevin Peterson
Students will meet these goals by achieving the following objectives:
Inquire: frame questions that address issues and uncertainties across a range of disciplines. The student will:
recognize precise and complete statements of problems.
recognize what information is necessary in order to solve given problems.
ask essential questions about given problems.
ask questions for further study regarding problems and reading assignments.
think creatively about possible solutions to problems.
employ knowledge and techniques of mathematical problem solving to explore problems.
comprehend given problems, reading assignments, and the arguments of others.
marshal evidence in support of a solution to a problem or conclusion in an argument.
articulate an appropriate conclusion based on the evidence.
produce precise and complete statements of solutions to problems.
construct effective written arguments based in evidence, reason and understanding.
deliver effective oral arguments based in evidence, reason and understanding.
value achievements in Mathematics for their intrinsic worth.
work effectively with other members of a group to solve problems and present their solutions.
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.
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
Grades: Your course grade will be based on
three main components.
2. Quizzes, Projects,
and Class participation: Worth a total of 200 points
There are 550 points possible. The grades will be given on the following scale.
A : 501-544
Tentative Test Schedule:
Test 1 Feb 14
Test 2 Mar 21
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 :
To give you appropriate credit for the homework done for this course.
To help you organize your work in a meaningful way so that it may be more easily studied later.
To help you organize your thoughts and concentrate on the important aspects of each problem.
To encourage you to revisit important definitions and theorems as they apply.
Clearly label each chapter and section.
Include every assigned homework problem for each section.
Include all graded tests, quizzes, and projects from that section (at the end of the section).
Do not include class notes.
Neatly write each problem statement.
Write the definition of every mathematical term in the problem.
Write down each theorem that you needed to solve the problem.
Include the solution to the problem.
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.
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