Please check this course web page and the exercises page regularly for announcements and updates.
Section 001  Section 002  

Instructor  David Riley  Dan Christensen (coordinator)  
Office  Middlesex 136  Middlesex 103B  
Phone  x86522  x86530  
Email (@uwo.ca)  dmriley  jdc  
Office hours  M 9:3010:00, Tu 12:301:00  M 3:003:30, W 11:30noon  
Class times (and notes)  MWF 8:309:30  MWF 10:3011:30; Section 002 notes  
Class location  MC105B  UCC56  
Tutorials  1 hour per week, either Wednesday or Thursday. The TA reviews material from the course and answers questions, and the tutorials also include quizzes (see below). You must attend the tutorial you are registered for (see your schedule). Tutorials start the week of September 1519.  
Help centre  MonFri 2:306:30 in MC 106. (This is the common help centre for all first year math courses.)  
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.  
Textbook  D. Poole, Linear Algebra: A Modern Introduction, 3rd ed., Brooks Cole, 2010. ISBN 9780538735452. (Not the newer 4th edition!)  
The textbook is available at the bookstore. There is also an optional "Student Solutions Manual and Study Guide". If you buy the combo pack, it is only $15 more. The book can be purchased from online sources as well, and should be easy to get used. The Solutions Manual has been put on reserve at Taylor Library.  
Prerequisites  One or more of Ontario Secondary School MCV4U, Mathematics 1229A/B, Calculus 1000A/B or 1500A/B, the former Calculus 1100A/B. Calculus 1000A/B or 1500A/B may be taken as a pre or corequisite. Note that 1229 can be taken before 1600, but not at the same time.  
Antirequisites  Applied Mathematics 1411A/B, 2811B, the former Linear Algebra 1600A/B.  
Web page  This page is available at http://jdc.math.uwo.ca/M1600a, where you should also check for course announcements. We will only use OWL for grades.  
Quizzes 
There will be 9 quizzes throughout the year,
during the tutorials.
The quizzes will cover the material up to and including
what was covered on Monday's lecture.
You must take the quiz at the tutorial you are
registered for.


Midterm exam  There will be one 3hour midterm on Saturday, Oct 25, from 7pm to 10pm. Location is determined by last (family) name: AE: UCC37. FMa: UCC56. McZ: UCC146.  
Final exam  The final examination will take place on Monday, December 8, 9am to noon. All students in Section 001 write in NS1. For students in Section 002: A to TOPA write in NS1, and TU to Z write in NS7. The final exam will cover all the material from the course, but will emphasize the later material. See below for how conflicts are handled.  
Evaluation  Quizzes: 20%, midterm: 35%, final exam: 45%. For the quizzes, the lowest two scores will be dropped. 
Remember: You understand the material if you can answer questions about it that you have not seen before. Being able to solve the umpteenth exercise in a row of almost identical ones just shows that you remember the recipe. While this is certainly important, you should not confuse this with a true understanding of the concepts.
It is strongly recommended to read the text ahead of time to prepare for each lecture.
This course covers a lot of material, and is cumulative (much more than other courses!), so it will be necessary to work hard throughout the term in order to do well.
The best way to prepare for quizzes and exams is to do as many exercises as possible. Note that the point is not to learn solutions by heart, but to gain experience in finding them. If you cannot solve an exercise, the most important question you should ask yourself is not: "What is the solution?" (which, for most oddnumbered exercises, can be found at the end of the book), but: "What is the concept that I haven't understood?"
No calculators or other aids are allowed on quizzes or exams.
If you know ahead of time that you are unable to attend a quiz, midterm or final exam, please let your instructor know as soon as possible 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 your 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 offcampus 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 makeup exam will be offered.
A student who is scheduled to write more than two such examinations in any 23hour period, more than three in any 47hour period, or more than four in any 71hour period may request alternative arrangements through the office of the dean of their faculty.In the case of two exams at the same time, the Registrar's office should have already contacted you, but if not, contact Averil Davis, x84866, adavis32@uwo.ca.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.
In both cases, please also let your instructor know about the conflict, and read the entire University policy. Deadline: November 21.
Scholastic offences are taken seriously and students are directed to read the official policy. Note that the penalty for cheating can include receiving a failing grade in the course and suspension or expulsion from the University. All scholastic offences are added to your student record.
Electronic devices (including cell phones and music players) are not allowed at the exams and may be confiscated. The mere possession of such devices will already be considered an academic offence.
Please check the exercises page and this course web page regularly for announcements and updates.