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Math 20F Linear Algebra
Winter 2012 Course Syllabus

Updated 2/9/12

Course:  Math 20F

Title:  Linear Algebra

Credit Hours:  4

Prerequisite:  Math 20C (or Math 21C) with a grade of C or better.

Catalog Description:  Matrix algebra, Gaussian elimination, determinants. Linear and affine subspaces, bases of Euclidean spaces. Eigenvalues and eigenvectors, quadratic forms, orthogonal matrices, diagonalization of symmetric matrices. Applications. Computing symbolic and graphical solutions using Matlab. (Credit not offered for both Math 20F and 31AH.)

Textbook: Linear Algebra & Its Applications W/ Cd, 4 Edition, by Lay;

Subject Material:  We will cover parts of most chapters of the text.  See the homework page for a complete listing of sections we will cover.

Homework:  Homework will be assigned on the course homework page and should be completed by the discussion section on the indicated due date.   Your completed homework assignments should be submitted by the due time into the homework dropbox (located in the basement of AP&M) labeled 20F and your TAs name. Your worst homework score will be dropped. Before you submit, make sure to staple your work and have your name, ID number and section number written clearly on top of the front page. Late homework will not be accepted.

Reading:  Reading the sections of the textbook corresponding to the assigned homework exercises is considered part of the homework assignment; you are responsible for material in the assigned reading whether or not it is discussed in the lecture.

MATLAB: MATLAB assignments will be assigned every other week and should be turned in to your TA or the MatLab dropbox during the Thursday discussion section on the due date indicated on the homework page; no late assignments will be accepted. Matlab assignments can be found here. Your cumulative MATLAB grade will be based on the best 4 of the 5 MATLAB assignments plus your MATLAB quiz. The Tuesday lab section is scheduled so that you may get help with MATLAB from your TA. You are expected to make use of the lab sections; questions specific to the operation of MATLAB will likely not be answered outside of the lab sections. You may discuss the MATLAB assignments with your instructor, TAs, and other students in the class; however, the assignment you turn in must be your own: A plagiarized assignment will be considered evidence of academic dishonesty.

Midterm Exams:  There will be two midterm exams given on   Week 4 and   Week 8  (See also the course calendar).  You may bring a ONE SIDED 8.5 by 11 inch handwritten sheet of notes with you to each midterm exam. No calculators will be allowed.   There will be no makeup exams.

Final Exam:  The final examination will be held at the following date and time.

Regrades:  Midterm exams will be returned in the discussion sections. If you wish to have your exam regraded, you must observe the following rules:

Grading: Your course grade will be based on the maximum of the following two weighted averages.

In addition,  you must pass the final examination in order to pass the course.  Note:  Since there are no makeup exams, if you miss the midterm exam for any reason, your course grade will be based on the weighted average that counts the final examination 60%.

Academic Dishonesty:  Academic dishonesty is considered a serious offense at UCSD. Students caught cheating will face an administrative sanction which may include suspension or expulsion from the university. It is in your best interest to maintain your integrity.


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