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MATH 2130: Introduction to Linear Algebra for Non-Mathematics Majors

Instructor: Dr. William DeMeo
Email: williamdemeo@gmail.com
Office: Math Building, Room 202 (but MW office hours are in Kittredge Central Hall Rm N252; Tuesday office hr is in Math 202)


Office Hour:


Lecture time: MWF 9--9:50am
Lecture location: MUEN E064

Class Number: 34465
Course Name: MATH 2130
Section Number: 001
Credit Hours: 3 Credit Hour Lecture
Campus: Boulder Main Campus
Dates: 2018-01-16 through 2018-05-03


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Course Description: Examines basic properties of systems of linear equations, vector spaces, inner products, linear independence, dimension, linear transformations, matrices, determinants, eigenvalues, eigenvectors and diagonalization. Intended for students who do not plan to major in Mathematics. Equivalent - Duplicate Degree Credit Not Granted: MATH 2135 or APPM 3310

Remarks about office hours: The regularly scheduled office hours listed above are subject to change. Changes will be announced during lecture. Office hours are when I make myself available to answer questions outside of the lecture. It is helpful (but not required) to send me an email in advance to let me know when you are planning to show up at an office hour. If there's a class conflict that prevents you from attending any of my office hours, then I would encourage you to email me to set up an appointment.


Contents


Textbook

Title: Linear Algebra and Its Applications, 5th Ed.
Authors: Lay, Lay and McDonald
Edition: 5th
ISBN: 9780321982384
Publisher: Pearson Education
Publication Date: Dec. 24, 2014
List Price: $209.80


Prerequisites

MATH 2300 or APPM 1360 (minimum grade C-)


Grading Policy

The breakdown of the final course grade is as follows:

  • Final exam: 30 points
  • Mid-term exams: 40 points (20 each)
  • Homework: 25 points
  • Quizzes: 5 points

At the end of the semester, letter grades will be assigned roughly according to the following table. However, the scale may be shifted, depending on overall student performance. All curving (if any) will occur at the end of the semester.

  • A: 94--100
  • A-: 91--93
  • B+: 87--90
  • B: 84--86
  • B-: 81--83
  • C+: 77--80
  • C: 74--76
  • C-: 71--73
  • D+: 67--70
  • D: 64--66
  • D-: 60--63
  • F: 0--59

Homework

Roughly weekly handwritten homework must be submitted at the beginning of lecture on the scheduled due date. No late homework is accepted. Each student's lowest homework score will not count toward the final grade.

Quizzes and Exams

There will be a number of quizzes, two midterm exams, and one final exam.

  • EXAM 1: Monday, February 26, 9am (on Chapters 1, 2)
  • EXAM 2: Wednesday, April 4, 9am (on Chapters 3, 4)
  • FINAL EXAM: Saturday, May 5, 4--7:30pm (Cumulative: Chs 1--6)

In accordance with university policy, the final exam is mandatory and must be taken by all students at the scheduled time. Do not make travel plans before knowing the date of the final exam.

There are no make-up quizzes or exams. The lowest quiz score will be dropped.


Attendance

Students are expected to attend all classes. A grade penalty may be exacted if you have an excessive number of unexcused absences. Specifically, you are permitted (but strongly discouraged from taking) seven absences in total.

However, since Math 2130 is small, and since we will have occasional quizzes in this class, attendance should not be an issue for most students. Usually it only comes into play at the end of the semester if a student happens to end up on the border between two letter grades. In such cases, an exemplary attendance record may help justify assigning the higher of the two grades.

Important: If you plan to leave before class is over, the correct procedure is to mention this to the professor before the start of class. It is impolite and disruptive to your classmates to leave, or even pack up your belongings, before the lecture is over.


Asking Questions

When you don't understand something, please ask a question!

  1. In Lecture. The best time/place to ask a question is during lecture or recitation or office hours.

  2. On Piazza. Another good place to ask a question is the online discussion forum. This term we will be using Piazza for class discussion and all students should enroll in this forum by visiting the Piazza signup page.

    This system is designed to get you help fast and efficiently from classmates, the TA, and the professor. Rather than emailing questions to the teaching staff, students are encouraged to post questions on Piazza forum. If you have any problems or feedback for the developers, email team@piazza.com.

    Our class Piazza page is at: Piazza


Email Policy

You may email the instructor directly, though the response time will generally be slower than if you use one of the preferred methods described above.

If you email the instructor, you must use an informative subject field. If you use this link to email the professor, then some of the required information should pre-populate your message fields. If you do not at least indicate which class you are in, your email may be ignored.


Use of Electronics During Lecture

Silence and refrain from using all electronic devices (phones, ipods, tablets, microwave ovens, etc.) during class and exam periods. Using a computer during lecture to check Facebook, for example, is totally unacceptable. Besides how this affects your own ability to focus on what is being taught in the lecture, computers can be very distracting to other students. Use of electronic devices in lecture for purposes unrelated to math is strictly prohibited.


Academic Honesty

Cheating is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. Violations of this policy will be referred to and dealt with in a manner consistent with university regulations, which range from a warning to expulsion from the university.


Students With Disabilities

If you have a documented disability or if you believe that you have a disability that qualifies under the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and requires accommodations, you should contact Disability Services for information on appropriate policies and procedures.

Your instructor will be happy to assist with accommodations, but will not provide them retroactively, so the appropriate requests and paperwork should be filed well before the first exam.


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