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Instructor: Moira Chas, office 3119 Math Tower, email: moira.chas“at”stonybrook.edu Office hours: Monday 1:30 to 3:30 (in 3119, Math Tower), Wednesday 11:0012:00 (in P143 Math Tower), or by appointment. Class meetings: MW, 45:20pm at Library W4540 Grader: Siqing Zhang, siqing.zhang“at”stonybrook.edu Grader office hours: Wed 3:004:00 p.m at S240A Math Tower, Wed 4:006:00 pm in the Math Learning Center Textbook: Linear Algebra: A Modern Introduction 4th Edition, by David Poole. WebAssign: WebAssign homework is a required part of the course. You need to buy access to WebAssign (you can do it through Blackboard). Pricing and other information can be found here. Course Materials (slides, notes, etc) are here. 

About this course 

(From the undergraduate bulletin) Introduction to the theory of linear algebra with some applications; vectors, vector spaces, bases and dimension, applications to geometry, linear transformations and rank, eigenvalues and eigenvectors, determinants and inner products. May not be taken for credit in addition to AMS 210. This course is an introduction to a theory which has developed around the solution of systems of linear equations. Linear algebra plays a key role in mathematics and has an enormous amount of applications (see for instance this website). Most likely, in your daily life, you use technology that uses linear algebra. We will cover Chapters 1 through 6 from the textbook, possibly skipping certain sections. The schedule will be updated with the progress of the course. 

Exams and Grading 

There will be two midterm exams (in class), and a cumulative final exam. The dates are listed below. Success on the exams will require correct and efficient solutions to the more difficult of the homework problems. Make sure that you can attend the exams at the scheduled times; makeups will not be given. If one midterm exam is missed because of a serious (documented) illness or emergency, the semester grade will be determined based on the balance of the work in the course. Students attending University Sponsored Events or in need to be absent for religious holidays should contact the instructor on the first two weeks of classes to discuss an appropriate plan. Calculators are not allowed in the exams.


Homework 

Homework will be assigned weekly and is due Wednesday before class. Homework is mandatory because it is an essential part of the course: It is nearly impossible to learn mathematics without working on problems


Written homework assignments can always be found HERE. WebAssign homework (and its deadlines) is on Blackboard. 



A recipe to succeed in this course 

Remember: Math is tends to be well behaved with people who "treat her" well, that is, with people who puts time and effort in understanding. It is very rare to spend a working session on math without having understood something. We all learn at different ways and speeds, but we can all learn. As in any math course, do not be discouraged if you find yourself struggling with a problem or a concept for hours. You will need to do computations in order to understanding the material, but do not waste time in mindlessly memorizing techniques. Constructive feedback to your instructor will always be welcome.


Learning objectives 



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