Please check this course web page and the exercises page regularly for announcements and updates. The practice midterms are now on the exercises page. No practice final exams are available.
Solutions to quizzes for two different sections are available here. Even if these are not from your section, you may find them useful for studying.
Solutions to the midterm are now available.
Section 001  Section 002  

Instructor  Stu Rankin  Dan Christensen  
Office  Middlesex 132  Middlesex 103B  
Phone  ext. 86517  ext. 86530  
Email (at uwo dot ca)  srankin  jdc  
Office hours  Drop in MWF after 1:30pm, TuTh after 10:30am  By appointment  
Class times (and notes)  MWF 12:301:30; Section 001 info  MWF 11:3012:30; Section 002 notes  
Class location  UCC56 (MW), 3M3250 (F)  NS7  
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).  
Help centre  MonFri 2:306:30 in MC 106, until Thursday, April 10. (This is the common help centre for all first year math courses. Linear algebra TAs will be there Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 2:306:30, but you can go any day.)  
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.  
The textbook is available at the bookstore. It should be possible to find used copies of this edition as well. 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.  
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/M1600b, 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, March 1, from 6:30pm to 9:30pm.  
Final exam  The final examination will take place on Tuesday, April 22, 25pm. All students write in AH201 (Alumni Hall). 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.
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 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 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.Please also let your instructor know about the conflict, and read the entire University policy. This must be done several weeks before the exam period.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.
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 ipods) are not allowed at the exams and may be confiscated. The mere possession of such devices will already be considered an academic offence.
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 updates.