Times and places:

MW 2.30-3.50pm       Earth&Space 069

Important dates are on the university Spring 2017 academic calendar.


Linear Algebra with Applications, by Otto Bretscher (5th edition), Pearson.

NB: You can also use older editions (4th or 3rd edition) of the textbook if you wish. However, make sure to compare frequently the book you are using with the 5th edition for changes in the materials covered and the exercises!


C or higher in AMS 151 or MAT 131 or 141 or coregistration in MAT 126 or level 7 on the mathematics placement examination.

Main topics covered:

The main topics we will cover during the semester are: systems of linear equations, vectors and matrices, linear independence, inner products and orthonormal bases, determinants, eigenvalues and eigenvectors.

Lectures and office hours:

You are expected to attend lectures every week. Lectures give some basic understanding of the topics covered in the course. To do well in the course you should complement the lectures with independent study. There are no recitations scheduled for this course, so it is particularly important that you spend time on your own (or in groups!) working on many problems.

Because there are no recitations for the course, it is also essential that you ask many questions during and outside the lectures. I will hold office hours every week and so will do the grader for the course. The times and locations of our office hours are on the Instructors page, as well as our contact details.


Homework will be assigned weekly in the Schedule & Homework section and is due at the first lecture the following week. No late homework will be accepted. There will be about 10/15 problems each week and five of these will be graded.

Grading policy:

There will be two midterm exams each worth 20% of the final grade, a final exam (40%) and weekly homework (20%). Check the Exams page for the dates of the exams and make sure to be available at those times.

If you need math help:

I am happy to help! Come to my office hours with questions on homework and lectures. Additional help is available at the Math Learning Center.

DSS advisory:

If you have a physical, psychiatric, medical, or learning disability that could adversely affect your ability to carry out assigned course work, we urge you to contact the Disabled Student Services office (DSS), Educational Communications Center (ECC) Building, room 128, (631) 632-6748.  DSS will review your situation and determine, with you, what accommodations are necessary and appropriate. All information and documentation regarding disabilities will be treated as strictly confidential.

Students for whom special evacuation procedures might be necessary in the event of an emergency are encouraged to discuss their needs with both the instructor and with DSS. Important information regarding these issues can also be found at the following web site:

Academic Integrity:

Each student must pursue his or her academic goals honestly and be personally accountable for all submitted work. Representing another person’s work as your own is always wrong. Faculty are required to report any suspected instances of academic dishonesty to the Academic Judiciary. Faculty in the Health Sciences Center (School of Health Technology and Management, Nursing, Social Welfare, Dental Medicine) and School of Medicine are required to follow their school-specific procedures. For more comprehensive information on academic integrity, including categories of academic dishonesty, please refer to the academic judiciary website at: