MATH3135 (Honors Introduction to Linear Algebra)

MATH3135-001, Fall 2016
Instructor: Dr Green
Venue: MWF 9-9.50, CLRE 211
Office: MATH 313
Email: rmg [AT]
Office Hours: M 2, W 11, F 10
Linear Algebra and its applications by David C. Lay, Steven R. Lay, and Judi J. McDonald (fifth edition)
MATH 2300 or APPM 1360. Credit not granted for this course and APPM 3310.
Course Contents
Basic properties of systems of linear equations, matrices and matrix algebra, determinants, vector spaces, subspaces, linear independence of vectors, basis and dimension of subspaces, linear transformations, eigenvalues and eigenvectors of a matrix, orthogonality of vectors, inner product and length of vectors.
Your grade will be computed from:
Students will obtain the full 5% for class conduct by default. Points may be deducted for repeatedly being late, repeatedly leaving early, sleeping or excessive yawning in class, very poor class attendance, or obnoxious behavior.
When determining your letter grade, I will take into account (a) your attendance and punctuality, (b) the effort you put into the course and (c) your improvement during the course.
To get a good grade in this course, you should do the following:
The two midterms will be held during class on Wednesday, September 21 and Wednesday, October 26, 2016.
The first midterm might be something like this.
The second midterm might be something like this.
The final examination is on Thursday, December 15, 2016 from 7.30pm to 10pm, in the usual classroom. (Check that this agrees with your other sources of information!)
Homework is due at the beginning of class. Some, but not all of the problems will be graded. Justify all your answers. Your homework score will be based on the best 10 of 14 assignments. You should assume that late work will not be graded.
Students With Disabilities
If you qualify for accommodations because of a disability, please submit to your professor a letter from Disability Services in a timely manner (for exam accommodations provide your letter at least one week prior to the exam) so that your needs can be addressed. Disability Services determines accommodations based on documented disabilities. Contact Disability Services at 303-492-8671 or by e-mail at dsinfo [AT]
If you have a temporary medical condition or injury, see Temporary Medical Conditions: Injuries, Surgeries, and Illnesses guidelines under Quick Links at Disability Services website and discuss your needs with your professor.
Missed Exams
If you know that you are going to miss an exam or cannot take the final exam at the scheduled time, please notify your instructor immediately. If you miss a midterm exam for any acceptable reason (e.g. religious obligation, documented illness), that midterm exam score will be replaced by your other midterm exam score. If you miss both midterm exams for acceptable reasons, each midterm score will be replaced by your final exam score. If you miss the final exam (unless it is for an acceptable reason), you will score zero on the final and you should expect to fail the course.
Religious Obligations
Campus policy regarding religious observances requires that faculty make every effort to deal reasonably and fairly with all students who, because of religious obligations, have conflicts with scheduled exams, assignments or required attendance. In this class, you should notify your instructor of any conflict immediately.
Student Classroom and Course-Related Behavior
Students and faculty each have responsibility for maintaining an appropriate learning environment. Those who fail to adhere to such behavioral standards may be subject to discipline. Professional courtesy and sensitivity are especially important with respect to individuals and topics dealing with differences of race, color, culture, religion, creed, politics, veteran's status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and gender expression, age, disability, and nationalities. Class rosters are provided to the instructor with the student's legal name. I will gladly honor your request to address you by an alternate name or gender pronoun. Please advise me of this preference early in the semester so that I may make appropriate changes to my records. Please, no open yawning or sleeping in class. If you are having a problem with some aspect of the course, you should discuss it with me in a civil manner. Outbursts directed at the instructor or grader for this course will not be tolerated.
Sexual Misconduct, Discrimination, Harassment and/or Related Retaliation
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Honor Code
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Homework assignments

Assignment 1 (assigned Mon 22 Aug, due Mon 29 Aug)
1.1: 4, 9, 10, 12, 13, 23, 28, 29, 32
1.2: 1, 2, 11, 12, 25, 26, 27
Assignment 2 (assigned Mon 29 Aug, due Wed 7 Sep)
1.3: 11, 12, 17, 18, 25, 26, 33, 34
1.4: 11, 12, 25, 26, 35, 36
Assignment 3 (assigned Wed 7 Sep, due Mon 12 Sep)
1.5: 5, 6, 15, 16, 29, 30, 35, 36
1.6: [none]
1.7: 5, 12, 19, 20, 28, 33, 36
Assignment 4 (assigned Mon 12 Sep, due Mon 19 Sep)
1.8: 9, 10, 19, 20, 31, 32, 33, 34
1.9: 5, 6, 18, 19, 29, 30
1.10: [none]
Assignment 5 (assigned Mon 19 Sep, due Mon 26 Sep)
2.1: 1, 2, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, 28
2.2: 1, 3, 14, 17, 18, 24
Assignment 6 (assigned Mon 26 Sep, due Mon 3 Oct)
2.3-2.7: [none]
2.8: 1, 2, 7, 8, 31, 32
2.9: 3, 4, 11, 12, 20, 21, 24, 25
Assignment 7 (assigned Mon 3 Oct, due Mon 10 Oct)
3.1: 9, 10, 25, 37, 38
3.2: 26, 28, 29, 31, 34
3.3: 11, 12, 18
2.2: 31, 32 (matrix inversion from earlier section)
Assignment 8 (assigned Mon 10 Oct, due Mon 17 Oct)
4.1: 5, 6, 7, 8, 16, 20, 32, 33
4.2: 11, 12, 15, 16, 30, 33, 34
Assignment 9 (assigned Mon 17 Oct, due Mon 24 Oct)
4.3: 11, 12, 20, 23, 24, 26, 33, 34
4.4: 8, 10, 11, 14, 27, 30
4.5: 6, 28
Assignment 10 (assigned Mon 24 Oct, due Mon 31 Oct)
4.6: 3, 4, 6, 10, 19, 20, 28
4.7: 6, 7, 8, 13, 14