Instructor  Orlando Merino, merino@math.uri.edu, 8744442, Lippitt Hall 101C 
Meets  TuTh 12:30  1:45 p.m. Lippitt Hall 205 
Text  Linear Algebra and its applications, by David C. Lay, 3rd Edition UPDATE, Pearson/Addison Wesley 
Prerequisites  MTH 142 or MTH 131 
Topics  We will study selected sections from the following chapters: Linear equations in linear algebra, matrix algebra, determinants, vector spaces, eigenvalues and eigenvectors, orthogonality and least squares. For more details see the Calendar and Suggested Problems 
Evaluation  There will be 2 exams given during normal class time (see the calendar for the dates). Your grade will be calculated according to the following weights: Final Exam (33%), Exams (33%), Assignments (33%) Here class work includes homework, quizzes, Maple projects, and special assignments. 
About the Course  This is an undergraduate course in Linear Algebra for students of engineering, 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. 
Homework  Homework will be assigned after each section from the list of problems found in Calendar and Suggested Problems . Your homework should show your work, short answers are not acceptable unless it is obviously what is being asked. Homework questions will be answered at the beginning of class. You may also send email your instructor with questions at merino@math.uri.edu. 
Technology 
Calculator use will be forbidden in exams since more advanced calculators do some of the computations that we expect you to learn to do with just pencil and paper. We will use Maple in this class, and some Maple assignments will be collected.
For information on Maple's Linear Algebra Package, see GO HERE 
Instructor's expectations 

Special Needs  Any student with a documented disability is welcome to contact me early in the semester so that we may work out reasonable accomodations to support your success in this course. Students should also contact Disability Services for Student, Office of Student Life, 330 Memorial Union, Kingston, 8742098. 
Academic Honesty 
Students are expected to be honest in all academic work. A student's name on any written work shall be regarded as assurance that the work is the result of the student's own thought and study. Work should be stated in the student's own words, properly attributed to its source. Students have an obligation to know how to quote, paraphrase, summarize, or reference the work of others with integrity. The following are examples of academic dishonesty.

H1N1 Flu 
The H1N1 Flu Pandemic may impact classes this semester. 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 at 8744442 or merino@math.uri.edu of your status, and we will communicate through the medium we have established for the class. We will work together to ensure that course instruction and work is completed for the semester. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have posted simple methods to avoid transmission of illness. These include: covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing; frequently washing your hands to protect from germs; avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth; and staying home when you are sick. For more information, please view www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/habits.htm . URI information on the H1N1 is posted on the URI website at www.uri.edu/news/h1n1.html , with links to the CDC at www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/ . 
Additional Information  The University Manual (See www.uri.edu/facsen/MANUAL_08.html ) contains useful information: 8.39.1012 (attendance); 8.51.1114 (excused absences); 8.51.15 (examinations during the semester); 8.51.16 (final examinations); 8.27.1619, 8.27.1719, 8.27.1015 (plagiarisminstructor's responsibilities, judicial action, and student's responsibilities); and 8.52.10 (grading criteria). 
Civility Policy  The University of Rhode Island has adopted a civility policy regarding disruptive classroom behaviors. Disruptive behaviors are defined as behaviors that interfere with the learning and/or teaching process. Disruptive behaviors in the classroom include inappropriate talking during lectures or class discussions or in any manner interfering with other student's ability to have a quality learning experience. Students who engage in disruptive behavior will receive one warning without penalty. Continued incidents of disrupting the class will result in the initiation of removal procedures or the loss of a letter grade. Disruptive behaviors include cell phone and pager use. Cell phones and pagers must be turned off, silent, and out of sight during classes, and you should not be checking for calls or messages during class (including "texting"). Common sense and common courtesy should govern classroom civility. 
"Incomplete" grade 
I follow to the letter the URI regulations concerning incomplete grades, namely the following paragraphs taken from
the university manual:
