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Linear Algebra 1600a, Fall 2008

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Instructor: Graham Denham Dan Christensen
Office: Middlesex 135 Middlesex 103B
Phone: 661-2111 x86527 661-2111 x86530
E-mail: gdenham jdc    (both at uwo dot ca)
Office Hours: Mon 1:30-2:30, Wed 2:00-3:00 until Dec 8 Tue, Wed 1:00-2:00 until Dec 9
TA Office Hours: finished for the term
Class times: MTuTh 12:30-1:30 MWF 10:30-11:30
Class location: KB-K106 NCB-117
Tutorials: 1 hour per week; see your schedule. They include quizzes (see below). You must attend the tutorial you are registered for. Tutorials start the week of September 8-12.

003LA  MC 105Wed 9:30
004LAP&AB 36Thurs 2:30
005LAUC 289Thurs 11:30
006LAMC 105Tues 11:30
007LAMC 105B Tues 10:30
008LAMC 105Wed 11:30
Course outline: Properties and applications of vectors; matrix algebra; solving systems of linear equations; determinants; vector spaces; independence; orthogonality; eigenvalues and eigenvectors. Link to UWO course calendar.
Text: Contemporary Linear Algebra, by Anton and Busby. Wiley.
Student Solutions Manual For Contemporary Linear Algebra, by Anton and Busby. Wiley. (Recommended.)
Both are available at the bookstore and on 2-hour reserve at Taylor library. There is also a list of errata for the text.
Prerequisites: One or more of Ontario Secondary School MCV4U, the former Ontario Secondary School MGA4U, Mathematics 1229A/B, the former Mathematics 017a/b, Calculus 1100A/B, or Calculus 1000A/B (formerly 050a/b) taken as a pre- or co-requisite.
Antirequisites:  Applied Mathematics 1411A/B (formerly 025a/b), 2811B (formerly 213b).
Quizzes: There will be 7 quizzes throughout the year, during the tutorials.
Sept 8-12:no quiz Oct 27-31:no quiz
Sept 15-19:quiz Nov 3-7:quiz
Sept 22-26: quiz Nov 10-14:no quiz
Sept 29-Oct 3:  no quiz       Nov 17-21:quiz
Oct 6-10:quiz Nov 24-28:  quiz
Oct 13-17:quiz Dec 1-3:no quiz
Oct 20-24:no quiz (midterm 24th)
The questions on the quizzes will be based on the recommended homework questions and will cover the material up to and including what was covered in class the previous week.
Midterm: The midterm examination will be held on Friday, October 24, 2008, from 7 to 10pm in HSB 35/236/240 (Health Sciences Building). You must click here before the midterm to find out what room you are writing in. The midterm covers up to Section 4.4. Midterm solutions.
Exam: The three-hour final examination is on Friday, December 12 from 2-5pm in AH201. It will cover all the material from the course. See below for how conflicts are handled.
Evaluation: Quizzes: 20%, Midterm: 30%, Final exam: 50%.
For the quizzes, the lowest score will be dropped.

What is expected of the student:

The aim of the course is for you to learn the techniques of linear algebra and to gain an understanding of the concepts on which the techniques are based. To accomplish this, it will be necessary to attend all classes and tutorials, do all of the suggested exercises, and keep up to date with the material. We highly recommend reading the text and doing the exercises throughout the term, not only immediately before quizzes and exams.

Quizzes and Exams:

For quizzes and exams, questions will be similar to the recommended exercises. The best way to prepare is to do all of those exercises, plus as many additional questions as you can.

Final exam conflicts:

Please see the University's policy on final exam conflicts. Here are the first two paragraphs:
A student who is scheduled to write more than two examinations in any 23-hour period may request alternative arrangements through the office of the dean of their faculty.

A student who is scheduled to write two examinations concurrently must notify the Registrar so that arrangements may be made for both examinations to be written in the Examination Conflict Room in a sequence established by the Registrar.

Please also let your instructor know about the conflict, and read the entire University policy.

Missed quiz, midterm or final exam:

If you know ahead of time that you are unable to attend a quiz, midterm or final exam, you must let your instructor know at least two weeks in advance so alternative arrangements can be made. For final exam conflicts, see above.

If you are unable to attend a quiz, midterm or final exam due to illness or other serious circumstances, you must provide valid medical or other supporting documentation to the Dean's office as soon as possible and contact your instructor immediately. It is the student's responsibility to make alternative arrangements with their instructor once the accommodation has been approved and the instructor has been informed. In the event of a missed final exam, a "Recommendation of Special Examination" form must be obtained from the Dean's Office immediately. For further information please see this link and the Student Services web site.

A student requiring academic accommodation due to illness should bring a Student Medical Certificate with them when visiting an off-campus medical facility and use a Record Release Form for visits to Student Health Services. Hard copies of both of these forms are available from your home Faculty Academic Counselling Service.

If a quiz is missed and sufficient documentation is provided, the grade for that quiz will be reweighted to the other quizzes. If an exam is missed and sufficient documentation is provided, a make-up exam will be offered.

Failure to follow these rules will result in a grade of zero.

A note to all students from the office of the Dean of the Faculty of Science:

You are responsible for ensuring that you have successfully completed all course prerequisites and that you have not taken an antirequisite course. Lack of prerequisites may not be used as the basis of appeal. If you are not eligible for a course, you may be removed from it at any time, and will receive no adjustment to your fees. These decisions cannot be appealed.

If you do not have the course prerequisites, and have not been granted a special permission to take the course by the department, it is in your best interest to drop the course well before the end of the add period. Your prompt attention to this matter will not only help protect your record, but will ensure that spaces become available for students who require this course for graduation.

Please check the exercises page and this course web page regularly for announcements and other information.

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