SUNY at Stony Brook MAT 211: Introduction to Linear Algebra
Spring 2018

General Information

Place and time: TuTh 2:30pm-3:50pm in Library E4310.

Professor: Michael Anderson, Office: Math Tower 4-110.

Office hours: M 1-3pm, W 2-3pm in 4-110.

Grader: El Mehdi Ainasse, Office: Math Tower 2-109

Office hours: W 1:00-2:00pm in 2-109 and F 10:00-11:00am and 1:00-2:00pm in MLC.

Course description: This course will introduce the concepts and techniques of linear algebra. The main topics covered include: systems of linear equations, vectors and matrices, linear independence, basis and dimension, inner products and orthonormal bases, determinants, eigenvalues and eigenvectors.

Prerequisites: C or higher in AMS 151 or MAT 131 or MAT 141, or coregistration in MAT 126, or level 7 on the mathematics placement exam.

Textbook: Linear Algebra with Applications, by Otto Bretscher, 5th Edition, Pearson.

Homework will be assigned from this text, so you need regular access to it.

Homework: The homework is an important part of the course and will be assigned most every week, with due dates generally on Tuesday in class. Do the homework! It is fundamental for understanding the course material.

Homework assigments will appear weekly on the Homework link on the left. No late homework will be accepted. There will be about 10 problems each week and about 3 of these will be graded.

Exams: There will be 2 Midterm Exams and one Final Exam.

Final Exam:Wednesday, May 9, 8:00am - 10:45am.
See the Exams link on the left.

Grading policy: There will be 2 Midterm Exams, each worth 20% of the final grade, a Final Exam worth 40% and weekly Homework, worth 20%.

Make sure that you can attend the exams at the scheduled times; make-ups will not be given. Resolve any conficts now. 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.

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