Math 201 General Information

Spring 2017, Sections 01 and 02
Instructor: David Perkinson (schedule)

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.

Food in the classroom: Eating meals is not allowed in class—it is too distracting.

NOTES:
  • 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.