MATH 2130 (Linear Algebra for non-mathematics majors)

MATH 2130-003 (Fall 2017)
Instructor: Dr Green
Grader: Justin Willson
Venue: MWF 11, FLMG 156
Office: MATH 313
Email: rmg [AT]
Office Hours: M 2, T 10, 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 MATH 2135 or APPM 3310. Formerly MATH 3130.
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 27 and Wednesday, November 1, 2017.
The final examination is on Tuesday, December 19, 2017 from 4.30pm to 7pm in the usual classroom. 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 your accommodation letter from Disability Services to your faculty member in a timely manner (at least one week before the exam) so that your needs can be addressed. Disability Services determines accommodations based on documented disabilities in the academic environment. Information on requesting accommodations is located on the Disability Services website Contact Disability Services at 303-492-8671 or for further assistance. If you have a temporary medical condition or injury, see Temporary Medical Conditions under the Students tab on the 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 at least two weeks in advance. If you miss a midterm exam for any acceptable reason (e.g. religious obligation, documented illness), that midterm exam score will be replaced by an estimated score based on your performance on the other midterm. If you miss both exams for acceptable reasons, your midterm scores will be replaced by estimated scores based on your performance on the final. If you miss the final exam and have not rescheduled it in advance, you will score zero on the final or receive an incomplete in the course, depending on the circumstances.
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 inform your professor of any conflict as soon as possible, and at least a week in advance.
Student Classroom and Course-Related Behavior
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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.
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Homework assignments

Assignment 1 (assigned Mon 28 Aug, due Wed 6 Sep)
1.1: 4, 9, 10, 12, 13, 19, 20, 23
1.2: 1, 2, 11, 12, 15, 16, 25
Assignment 2 (assigned Wed 6 Sep, due Mon 11 Sep)
1.3: 5, 6, 11, 12, 17, 18, 25, 26
1.4: 11, 12, 21, 22, 25, 26
Assignment 3 (assigned Mon 11 Sep, due Mon 18 Sep)
1.5: 1, 2, 5, 6, 11, 12, 15, 16, 19
1.6: [none]
1.7: 5, 12, 19, 20, 21, 28
Assignment 4 (assigned Mon 18 Sep, due Mon 25 Sep)
1.8: 3, 6, 9, 10, 19, 20, 32, 33
1.9: 3, 4, 5, 6, 18, 19
1.10: [none]