Math 210: Linear Algebra

Syllabus and Course Info, Spring 1999

M/W 8:00--8:50A.M, Olin 132/112

F 8:00--9:50A.M, Olin 132

Final: 1:30P.M., 10 May

a ship is safe in harbor, but that is not what ships are built for

Instructor Info.
Instructor: Dr. Gavin LaRose
Office: Olin 109A
Office Hours: M,Tu,Th 2-4PM
(but come by anytime!)
Phone: (465--)2208
Math/CS WWW:
This page:
Grades: http://mathcs/~glarose/classes/linalg/grades/
(username for the grade page is your first initial and last name --e.g., glarose; password is your student ID number, e.g., 0412345)

Text: Elementary Linear Algebra, 3rd ed., by Larson and Edwards.

This is an essential course from several viewpoints---it is traditionally one of the first ``proof'' courses in the undergraduate mathematics curriculum, and is also concerned with mathematics that have huge applications in numerical methods and mathematical modeling. We are therefore concerned with seeing the beauty of the mathematical constructs about which we learn, how they fit together and support each other, and with seeing the applications of the mathematics as well. There is a lot of substance behind all of this, and in exploring its interrelated theoretical and applied components is much of the fun of the course.

Goals: This is a first course in linear algebra, in which our course objectives include the learning of mathematical material, and the development of other related skills. In the first category, our objectives are for you at the end of the course to

In addition, we want you to have further developed those skills intrinsic to the study of math, and

Quote 2:
"Cheshire Puss," [Alice] began..., "would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?"
"That depends a good deal on where you want to get to," said the Cat.
"I don't much care where---," said Alice
"then it doesn't matter which way you go," said the Cat.
"---so long as I get Somewhere," Alice added as an explanation.
"Oh, you're sure to do that," said the Cat, "if you only walk long enough."

---Lewis Carrol

Course Policies:


25% Comprehensive Final
8-14% Homework and In-class Work
10-20% Projects (2-4)
8-12% Labs (about 7)
4% Reading Homework

Explanation of Assignments:

3: (those activities formerly known as tests)

Administrative Info.:

NWU's ADA statement:
``NWU seeks to maintain a supportive academic environment for students with disabilities. To ensure their equal access to all educational programs, activities and services, Federal law requires that students with disabilities notify the University, provide documentation, and request reasonable accommodations. If you need accommodations in this course, please notify me so that I can verify that the required documentation is filed with the Academic Affairs Office and that your accommodation plan is in place.''

Academic Integrity:
Academic integrity is one of the basic principles of a university community. Nebraska Wesleyan therefore both encourages and expects the highest standards of academic honesty from all students. The Student Code of Conduct states that ``cheating, plagiarism, or other forms of academic dishonesty'' are subject to disciplinary action. Refer to the Student Code of Conduct for additional information. Any student who violates these principles of academic integrity will fail this course.

Another type of assessment
As part of an effort to assess the success of this course at meeting its goals (as indicated above), anonymous copies of student assignments may be retained by the instructor unless a student requests otherwise. Any retained copies have no bearing on the students' grade and will in general not be considered until after the close of the semester.

quote 3:
Fall down seven times, get up eight

--Buddhist Proverb

Gavin's Linear Algebra Syllabus
Last modified: Tue Jan 19 20:02:33 CST 1999
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