
MAT 211 Introduction to Linear Algebra
 Course description (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.
 Prerequisite: C or higher in AMS 151 or MAT 131 or 141, or coregistration in MAT 126,
or level 7 on the Mathematics Placement
Test.
 Credits: 3
 Class meetings: Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 12:00 12:53pm, Harriman Hall 116
 Instructor: Olga Plamenevskaya.
 email: olga@math.stonybrook.edu
 Office: 2112 in Math Building
 Office hours: Wed 1:002:00pm in P143 Math Building + Mon 1:002pm, Fri 11:0011:55am in 2112
 Grader: Keegan Stoner
 email: keegan.stoner@stonybrook.edu
 Office hours: Tu, Th 2:304pm in MLC
 Textbook: Otto Bretscher, Linear Algebra with Applications,
5th Ed., Pearson Prentice Hall. (ISBN 9780136009269).
The textbook is intended to be read.
Read the assigned sections after the material was discussed in class. (If possible, also try to read them before.)
Furthermore, the lectures will not always be able to cover all of the material for
which you will be responsible so the text will be helpful.
 Calculators: Calculators will not be allowed on exams. In the homework, you are required to
learn and master the mechanics of basic linear algebra calculations. However, occasionally a reallifetype application
will require more tedious computations that are easier to do with technology. A graphing calculator
(TI 83, TI 84 and TInspire are the best choices) may be helpful. There are useful apps such as
Wolfram “Linear Algebra Course Assistant”; more serious software, such as Maple, can also be used.
 Homework: Homework comes in two flavors.
Both will be posted on this webpage (in the Homework section) each week,
usually on Monday and will be due on Wednesday the following week (after the weekend).
You are strongly encouraged to start on the homework early.
Practice Problems: These are not to be handed in but are essential to master the course.
Similar problems may appear on the Midterm Exams and Final. These are designated (P).
Problems to hand in: These should be done after you’ve mastered the practice problems.
These will be designated (THI). These will be graded.
Late assignments cannot be accepted. Homework that appears to be copied from someone
else will receive a grade of 0 and may result in charges of academic dishonesty.
 Exams: Midterm I
(Friday, October 9, in class), Midterm II (TBA) and Final exam (Wednesday, December 9, 11:15am1:45pm).
 Makeup policy: Makeup examinations are given only for work missed due to
welldocumented unforeseen circumstances beyond the student's control.
 Grading system: The final grade is the weighted average according the following:
homework 15%, Midterm I 25%, Midterm II 25%, Final 35%.
 Schedule (tentative)
 Math Learning Center,
located in the Math Tower SLevel, S240A can be very helpful if you are finding homework very difficult.
 Disability support services (DSS) statement:
If you have a physical, psychological, medical, or learning disability that may impact your course work, please contact Disability Support Services (631) 6326748 or http://studentaffairs.stonybrook.edu/dss/. They will determine with you what accommodations are necessary and appropriate. All information and documentation is confidential.
Students who require assistance during emergency evacuation are encouraged to discuss their needs with their professors and Disability Support Services. For procedures and information go to the following website: http://www.stonybrook.edu/ehs/fire/disabilities/asp.
 Academic integrity statement:
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 instance of academic dishonesty to the Academic Judiciary. For more comprehensive information on academic integrity, including categories of academic dishonesty, please refer to the academic judiciary website at
http://www.stonybrook.edu/uaa/academicjudiciary/ .
 Critical incident management:
Stony Brook University expects students to respect the rights, privileges, and property of other people. Faculty are required to report to the Office of Judicial Affairs any disruptive behavior that interrupts their ability to teach, compromises the safety of the learning environment, and/or inhibits students' ability to learn.
