MATH3130 (Honors Introduction to Linear Algebra)

MATH3130-880, Fall 2014
Instructor: Dr Green
Venue: MWF 9-10, HUMN 335
Office: MATH 313
Email: rmg [AT]
Office Hours: M 2, W 1, F 10
Linear Algebra and its applications by David C. Lay (fourth 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 in class (b) the number of homework assignments you completed and (c) improvement during the course.
The two midterms will be held during class on Wednesday, September 24 and Wednesday, October 29, 2014.
The first midterm might be something like this.
The second midterm might be something like this.
The final examination is on Thursday, December 18, 2014 from 10.30am to 1pm, in the usual classroom. (Check that this agrees with your other sources of information!)
Bring your CU student ID to all of your tests.
Homework is due at the beginning of class. Some, but not all of the problems will be graded. Justify all your answers.
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 two weeks 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 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
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Student Classroom and Course-Related Behavior
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Honor Code
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Homework assignments

Assignment 1 (assigned Mon 25 Aug, due Wed 3 Sep)
1.1: 4, 9, 10, 12, 13, 23, 26, 29, 32
1.2: 1, 2, 11, 12, 25, 26, 27
Assignment 2 (assigned Wed 3 Sep, due Mon 8 Sep)
1.3: 11, 12, 15, 16, 25, 26, 33, 34
1.4: 11, 12, 25, 26, 33, 34
Assignment 3 (assigned Mon 8 Sep, due Mon 15 Sep)
1.5: 5, 6, 17, 18, 28, 29, 33, 34
1.6: [none]
1.7: 5, 12, 19, 20, 28, 33, 36
Assignment 4 (assigned Mon 15 Sep, due Mon 22 Sep)
1.8: 9, 10, 19, 20, 30, 31, 32, 33
1.9: 3, 4, 18, 19, 29, 30
1.10: [none]
Assignment 5 (assigned Mon 22 Sep, due Mon 29 Sep)
2.1: 1, 2, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, 28
2.2: 1, 3, 14, 17, 18, 24
Assignment 6 (assigned Mon 29 Sep, due Mon 6 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 6 Oct, due Mon 13 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 13 Oct, due Mon 20 Oct)
4.1: 5, 6, 7, 8, 16, 20, 32, 33
4.2: 11, 12, 15, 16, 30, 33, 34
Assignment 9 (assigned Mon 20 Oct, due Mon 27 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 27 Oct, due Mon 3 Nov)
4.6: 3, 4, 6, 10, 19, 20, 28
4.7: 6, 7, 8, 13, 24