



Nam Lee  B01 (2pm) & B02 (3PM)  AP&M 2325  Mon. 1111:50 & Fri. 12:50 
Tony Shaheen  B03 (4PM) & B05 (6PM)  AP&M 6337D  Mon. & Wed. 34:30 
held: go to Math Add/Drop  B04 (5PM) & B06 (7PM) 
% grade  Material  When  Where 
10%  text HW  due in section (NO LATE HW)  Section Class 
5%  lab HW  due in dropbox (NO LATE HW)  Dropbox 
20%  1st exam  Wed. 1/26  Center 119 
25%  2nd exam  Wed. 3/2  Center 119 
40%  final exam  Tues. 3/15 at 8 AM  Center 119 
Help with Mathematical Problems:
Help if Personal Problems Affect Work: Talk to the professor or, if appropriate, your college provost.
Linear algebra is a collection of ideas and methods related
to linear equations. It is an important tool in mathematics
and statistics and in many areas of science and engineering. In
some areas, linear algebra is more important than calculus and,
in others, it is intertwined with calculus.
It seems to be a fact of life that
widespread application requires abstraction in mathematics (even
"number" is an abstraction"things" exist
but numbers don't) and science (compare modern physics with physics
in the time of Kepler and Galileo). Linear algebra is no
exception: Its concepts and methods are rather abstract.
This requires you learn the language involved. Making flash
cards is often helpful. You will probably find that over
half the battle with most 20F problems is understanding what is
being asked. (See definitions.
Because of the new concepts, this course moves at a faster
pace the calculus courses.
To really understand tools, we must
use them to work problems. All but the smallest linear
algebra problems require considerable calculation. Thus,
computers are an essential adjunct to linear algebra. In
fact, the widespread use of linear algebra is due in considerable
part to existence of computers.
Subject Area  Application 
economics  inputoutput analysis (used in planning) 
biology  growth of populations 
software  computer graphics 
engineering  Fourier series 
applied math.  numerical solution of partial differential equations 
statistics  factor analysis (looking for important influences) 
UNDERSTANDING:
Q: I can't seem to grasp
the new concepts. What can I do?
A: I assume you're attending
lectures, reading the text, trying to do the homework and taking
advantage of office hours. Perhaps some advice on reading
mathematics and, in particular, definitions would
help. Flash cards may help.
Q: I know the concepts but
can't do the homework. What can I do?
A: Students are often led
to confuse memorization with understanding. You have probably
been taken in by this con. Some advice can be found in the
webpage about mathematics.
HOMEWORK: Due in section.
Lecture and computer lab homework should be handed in
separately.
Q: Can I discuss homework with
other people?
A: If you do not understand
a concept in a problem you should definitely get help in understanding
it. As far as help on working a specific problem, see the
guidelines on academic integrity.
Q: What if I have to miss
my section someday?
A: Either have a friend hand
in your homework or make arrangements with your TA to hand it
in at another time.
Q: What if I miss a homework
assignment?
A: The lowest homework will
be dropped.
Q: I think a homework problem
was graded unfairly, what should I do?
A: You can take it to your
TA, but remember that each assignment is only a small part of
your grade so a small change on one assignment won't matter.
GRADING: Percentages
are given in the table above.
Q: I did poorly on the ____
"hour" exam, but I did well on everything else. Does
this mess up my grade?
A: Probably not. When
I assign course grades, I try to take into account the fact that
someone may have had a bad day on ONE of the two "hour"
exams.
Q: I know how to do this type
of problem, I just {misread it}/{made an algebra error}/{forgot
a concept}/{et cetera} shouldn't I get more credit?
A: Probably not.