**Course Description:**
Full course for one semester. A brief introduction to field structures,
followed by presentation of the algebraic theory of finite dimensional vector
spaces. Topics include linear transformations, determinants, eigenvalues,
eigenvectors, diagonalization. Geometry of inner product spaces is examined in
the setting of real and complex fields. Prerequisite: Mathematics 112.
Lecture-conference.

**Text:**
*Linear Algebra*, by Jim
Hefferon. Available at the bookstore (and online, for free via the link just
given).

**Office Hours:** Monday, 2:00–3:00pm, Wednesday, 2:00–3:00pm,
Friday, 2:00–3:00pm,
or by appointment. To see times that may be available for an appointment, see
my schedule.

**Math Help Center and tutoring:**
Student tutors are available to help you on SMTWTh evenings from 7:00 to 9:00
in L389. Individual
tutoring is also available.

**Homework:**
There will generally be two homework assignments each week. The first will be
due by 1 pm on Tuesdays. Please place your Tuesday assignment in the folder
in the box outside my office (L316 on the third floor of the library).
Alternatively, you could give me this assignment during class on Monday. The
second weekly assignment will be collected at the beginning of class on
Friday. The assignments appear on our homepage. Homework will be returned
with problems graded according to the following scale:

5 - perfect 4 - minor mistakes 3 - major mistake, right idea 2 - wrong but contains a significant idea 1 - wrong but contains a relevant idea 0 - none of the above NG - not graded

**Grades:**
Your grade will be based on your performance on the homework,
the midterm(s) and final exam, and class participation. I give a lot of
weight to the homework.

**Academic honesty:**
You are welcome, even encouraged, to work together on homework. However,
after discussing a problem, you must write up your own solution independently.
Your written work should honestly represent your understanding of the
material. You should acknowledge your collaborators and tutors by listing
their names at the start of your solution. Copying another's work or allowing
another to copy your work are both considered honor policy violations.

**Technology in the classroom:** Dealing with email or browsing the
internet using a cellphone or computer during class is distracting for both the
instructor and fellow students and is, thus, prohibited. Legitimate uses of
technology such as for note-taking or following online lecture notes are fine.

- Late homework assigments (i.e., turned in after the beginning of class on the day they are due), if complete, may be given half-credit, but it is unlikely you will get written comments on your work.
- If you miss an assignment or quiz due to an illness, please inform me as soon as possible.
- You are responsible for making sure airline reservations at the end of the semester do not conflict with our final exam date.