Math 215 - Introduction to Linear Algebra

Fall 2010 - Section 1

MWF 10:00-10:50 am, HARV 319.

Instructor: K. Lux


Homework Assignments

Text: Linear Algebra and its Applications 3rd Edition Update by David C. Lay.

Homework: even though homework will not be collected, all students are expected to work on the homework assignments. Some of the homework problems assigned will ask for the use of a computer algebra system such as MATLAB. You can download MATLAB using the University's site license . Links to various MATLAB tutorials can be found on the resource page of the course.

Tests: There will be three tests and a final exam. The tests are worth 100 points each and the final exam is worth 200 points. The tests are scheduled for Wednesday, September 15; Friday, October 22; and Wednesday, December 1st. The final exam

will take place on Friday, the 10th of December, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. All the tests and the final exam are given in the usual classroom.

Quizzes : there will be (tentatively) 8 pop-up quizzes each worth 20 points. Your three lowest scores will be discarded for a total of 100 points.

Grading policy : In total there will be 600 points. Your total score will be converted into a percentage score. The cutoffs of 80%, 70%, 60%, and 50% for A, B, C, and D are guaranteed, but the cutoffs may be lowered if a lower overall class average warrants it.

Attendance: Students are expected to attend every scheduled class and to be familiar with the University Class Attendance policy as it appears in the General Catalog. It is the student's responsibility to keep informed of any announcements, syllabus adjustments or policy changes made during scheduled classes. Students are expected to behave in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct and the Code of Academic Integrity. The guiding principle of academic integrity is that a student's submitted work must be the student's own. University Policies can be found at and .

Students with disabilities: If you anticipate issues related to the format or requirements of this course, please meet with your instructor to discuss ways to ensure your full participation in the course. If you determine that formal, disability-related accommodations are necessary, it is very important that you be registered with Disability Resources (621-3268; You should notify your instructor of your eligibility for reasonable accommodations by Friday, September 3. You and your instructor can then plan how best to coordinate your accommodations.

Students withdrawing from the course: If you withdraw from the course by September 17, the course will be deleted from your enrollment record. If you withdraw from the course by October 15, you will receive a grade of W. The University allows withdraws after October 15, but only with the Dean's signature. Late withdraws will be dealt with on a case by case basis, and requests for late withdraw with a W without a valid reason may or may not be honored.

Incompletes: The grade of I will be awarded if all the following conditions are met:

1. The student has completed all but a small portion of the required work.

2. The student has scored at least 50% on the work completed.

3. The student has a valid reason for not completing the course on time.

4. The student agrees to make up the material in a short period of time.

K. Lux / Department of Mathematics / University of Arizona / last revised 8th of November, 2010