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Introduction to Linear Algebra
Spring 2008 section 1
TuTh 8:009:15 Crawford Hall 222
The University of Rhode Island
Instructor:
Dr. Glenn Faubert
Office: Tyler 100
Office hours:
Tu 9:3010:30 & 12:301:30
Th 11:0012:00 & 3:304:30





























Course Description and Expectations:
Though many of you may have seen and manipulated a matrix before, prior
experience is not assumed. This is a first course in Linear Algebra. The prerequisite is some college calculus. This provides
you with the mathematical maturity you will need to parse, grasp, and apply the mathematical definitions and theorems that you
will encounter in this course. The scope of linear algebra in mathematics, engineering, computer science, and data analysis is
universal. This is probably the first math class you will take that focuses on theory as much as solving problems. Although
proofs will not be emphasized on the exams, proof outlines will be a part of nearly every topic in the text and in lecture. Be prepared to
spend six hours each week outside of lecture on this class. Homework assignments of three to four hours or so will be assigned
and collected weekly and will have a significant grade component. Most of your learning will happen while completing these assignments.
If you cannot do the exercises, then you will not pass the exams. You are expected to arrive at every lecture on time even
though 8:00 am can feel like the middle of the night to some students so adjust your sleeping schedule accordingly. While in
class you should be respectful of the instructor and your classmates at all times. Ringing cell phones are discourteous
and constitute a disruption. Cell phones are to be kept on silent and out of sight during class. Your positive attitude
can only help the learning experience for everyone. If you come to class each day with your notebook, pen, text, and an open
mind, and work hard, this class just may change your life. Heck, you will be joining that elite group that knows what
an eigenvalue is!





Text:
The text for the course is Linear Algebra and its Applications, third edition, by David C. Lay, Pearson
Addison Wesley 2006.


Technology:
We will be using the software package, MAPLE, for several assignments. Since URI has a site license for MAPLE, students
can find it on many campus computers. A calculator which performs matrix operations may be useful for assisting with homework
assignments but is not required. Calculators will not be allowed on exams.







Students who require special accommodations and who have documentation from Disability Services (8742098) should make arrangements
with the course instructor as soon as possible.
