Chris D. Lynd, Ph.D. Mathematics
Chris_Lynd@my.uri.edu
Office: 106C Lippitt Hall
Office Hours: Tuesday 3:00 5:00, Thursday 3:00  4:00, or by appointment

MTH
215
Spring 2013 
Kingston Campus 


Linear Algebra, 4th edition
David C. Lay
Pearson Publishing


Below are
documents that you should print out and put in your notebook.


Calendar of
Due Dates

Project

Below are class notes from the author of the textbook.

Lay Notes 1.1
Lay Notes 1.2
Lay Notes 1.3
Lay Notes 1.4
Lay Notes 1.5

Lay Notes 1.6
Lay Notes 1.7
Lay Notes 1.8
Lay Notes 1.9 Part 1
Lay Notes 1.9 Part 2

Lay Notes 2.1
Lay Notes 2.2
Lay Notes 2.3
Lay Notes 3.1
Lay Notes 3.3

Lay Notes 4.1
Lay Notes 4.2
Lay Notes 4.3
Lay Notes 4.4
Lay Notes 4.5

Lay Notes 4.6
Lay Notes 4.7
Lay Notes 5.1
Lay Notes 5.2
Lay Notes 5.3

Lay Notes 6.1
Lay Notes 6.2
Lay Notes 6.3
Lay Notes 6.4
Lay Notes 6.5


Grading Policy

Your final grade is the
percentage of points earned out of 550 total points.
93%  100% A

90%  92% A


87%  89% B+

83%  86% B

80%  82% B

77%  80% C+

73%  77% C

70%  72% C

67%  69% D+

60%  66% D

0%  59% F


Your
550 points will come from the following:

Homework Assignments


40 points

Quizzes


60 points

Mathematica or MATLAB Project


50 points

Midterm 1


100 points

Midterm 2


100 points

Final Exam


200 points



_________

Total


550 points




You are NOT allowed to use a calculator on quizzes,
midterms, or the final exam.


Tutoring

Walkin
tutoring for math is located in rooms 201 and 205 in Lippitt Hall
(Kingston) Monday through Thursday from 1:00  9:00. There is a no appointment needed
and it is FREE.
There are laptops available so you can access Mathematica. Be sure to
bring your notes and questions with you. The tutoring center is a great place to study with
classmates and friends, prepare for exams, and review the material covered in lecture.


Projects

Mathematica
Mathematica
is a
powerful Computer Algebra System (CAS) that can perform the most
complicated calculations and draw spectacular graphics at the touch of
the button. Knowledge of software like Mathematica
will help you in your future professional career as well as in
understanding material in calculus and calculating solutions
to computationally complex problems.
Dr. Pakula's website
for Mathematica has links to introductory videos and basic
worksheets. There will be two Mathematica assignments for the
semester. The Main
Library (Kingston Campus) and the Memorial Union computer labs will
have computers with
Mathematica installed on them. Lippitt Hall 205 also has laptops with
Mathematica
installed on them. Furthermore, you can get a student version for free.
Click
here for instructions.


Course
Description

MTH 215 is an
undergraduate course in Linear Algebra for students of engineering, computer science, and mathematics. Linear Algebra is the study of
linear systems of equations, vector spaces, and linear transformations. Solving systems of linear equations is at the heart
of virtually every mathematical procedure for solving problems arising in science and engineering. In this class we will
concentrate on the mathematical theory and methods of linear algebra.
Expectations:
IN THE CLASSROOM: Lecture time is at a premium, so it must be used efficiently.
Expect to have material covered at a fast pace. We expect you to come prepared to class as detailed below.
OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM: You cannot be taught everything in the classroom. Much of your
learning must take place outside the classroom. At a minimum you should plan on studying two or more hours outside the classroom
for each hour in class. You should attempt all the homework that is assigned and try additional problems in areas where you feel weak.
THE TEXTBOOK: You are expected to read the textbook for comprehension. It gives a
detailed account of the material of the course. It also contains many examples of problems worked out, and these should be used to
supplement those you see in the lecture. Use pencil and paper to work through the material and to fill in omitted steps. Read the
appropriate section(s) of the book before the material is presented in lecture. Then the fasterpace lecture will make more sense.
After the lecture carefully reread the textbook along with your lecture notes to cement your understanding of the material.
EXAMS: Our intent is to determine how well you understand the basic principles
underlying the methods and if you are able to apply these principles to novel as well as routine situations. Some problems on an
exam may seem new, but all will be solvable using principles from the material on which you are being tested.
SOLUTIONS TO PROBLEMS: It is your responsibility to communicate clearly in writing
solutions for homework, quizzes, and exams. Your results must display your understanding well and be written in a correct,
complete, coherent, and well organized fashion. The rules of language still apply in mathematics, and apply even when symbols are
used in formulas, equations, etc. Neatness counts!
[Based on: Zucker, S., Teaching at the University Level, AMS Notices (43), 1996, pp 863865.]


Classroom
Policies

Attendance
Attendance is required, please arrive on time.
If you miss class, you must notify me ahead of time via email. See the
policy on Makeup Work.
Illness Due to Flu
The nation is experiencing a widespread influenzalike illness. If any of us develop flulike symptoms, we are being advised to stay home
until the fever has subsided for 24 hours. So, if you exhibit such symptoms, please do not come to class. Notify me of your status, and
we will communicate through email, at Chris_Lynd@my.uri.edu. We will work together to ensure that your questions regarding the material are answered and that you have
a proper amount of time to complete your assignments.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has posted a few simple methods to reduce the transmission of the flu virus. These include: covering your mouth and nose with a tissue
when coughing or sneezing; frequent washing or sanitizing of your hands; avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; and staying home when you are sick. For more
information please view www.cdc.gov/flu or flu.gov. The URI Health Services web page,
www.health.uri.edu, will carry advice and local updates.
Make Up Work
If you miss class, you must notify me ahead of
time via email. If you do not notify me ahead of time, then you cannot
make up the work and you will receive a zero
for the assignment. If you cannot take a midterm exam at the regularly
scheduled time, you
must notify me ahead of time. Otherwise, you will not be allowed to
retake the exam and
will receive a zero. Obviously, exceptions will be made in the case of an emergency.
However, “I woke up and didn’t feel well” does not constitute an
emergency – you need to send
an email in a situation like this.
Students With
Disabilities
Any student with a documented disability
should contact me as soon as possible to discuss your accommodations.
Students should also contact Disability Services
for Students: Office of Student Life, 330 Memorial Union, 8742098.
They will determine with
you what accommodations are necessary and appropriate. All information
and documentation is confidential.
Cheating
Cheating is defined in the University Manual
section 8.27.10 as the claiming of credit for work not done
independently without giving credit for aid received, or any
unauthorized communication during examinations. Students are expected
to be honest in all academic work. The resolution of any charge of cheating or
plagiarism will follow the guideline set forth in the University Manual 8.27.10 – 8.27.20.
