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Linear Algebra 1600b, Winter 2009

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Section 001 Section 002
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: Finished for the term. Finished for the term.
TA Help Sessions: Finished for the term
Class times: MWF 12:30-1:30 MWF 11:30-12:30
Class location: UC 30 Weldon 258
Tutorials: 1 hour per week; see your schedule, and be sure to go to the rooms listed below. The tutorials include quizzes (see below). You must attend the tutorial you are registered for. Tutorials start the week of January 12-16.

003LA  TH 3101Th 1:30
004LAUC 289Th 12:30
005LAUC 289Th 2:30
006LAUC 85Th 10:30
007LATC 205W 10:30
008LATH 3101 W 9:30
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. It should be easy to find used copies as well. 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 8 quizzes throughout the year, during the tutorials.
Jan 7-8:no tutorial Feb 25-26:no quiz (midterm 28th)
Jan 14-15:quiz Mar 4-5:quiz
Jan 21-22: quiz Mar 11-12:quiz
Jan 28-29:  no quiz       Mar 18-19:no quiz
Feb 4-5:quiz Mar 25-26:  quiz
Feb 11-12:quiz Apr 1-2:quiz
Feb 18-19:no tutorial (reading week)  Apr 8-9:no tutorial
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 on Monday's lecture.
Midterm: The midterm examination will be held on Saturday, February 28, 2009, from 2 to 5pm in NS 1 and 7. (Natural Sciences Building).
The midterm covers to the end of Chapter 4.
Exam: The official time for the three-hour final examination is Tuesday, April 21 from 2-5pm in NS 145. 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 two scores 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.

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 below.

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. 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.

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.

Academic Offences

Scholastic offences are taken seriously and students are directed to read the official policy. Note that the penalty for cheating can include receiving a grade of zero in the course and suspension or expulsion from the University.

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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