MATH 213 A Linear Algebra Spring 2004
Professor: George L. Ashline
Office: 261 Jeanmarie Hall, Phone: 654-2434
Office Hours: M from to , T, Th from to , and W from to ; also, feel free to set up appointments for other times.
Class Meets: M, W, F from to in Jeanmarie 389
Textbook: Linear Algebra by Professor James Hefferon
Internet sites: You can access online information about this course and the other courses I teach at http://academics.smcvt.edu/gashline/ . You can access information about our text
at http://joshua.smcvt.edu/linalg.html , a site maintained by Professor Hefferon.
In particular, you can read about the motivation and goals for the text and can download portions of the text as well as solutions to some of the problems (the non-checked ones) included in the text.
Homework: There will be problems assigned on a regular basis. Some of the homework will involve work with the computer algebra system Maple. Each assignment will have a due date on which it must be turned in when the class meets on that day. Late problem sets will not be accepted. It is critical to keep up with your homework assignments. If you are having trouble with some of the new concepts, try to resolve your questions promptly. Feel free to stop by my office to ask questions or discuss your situation.
Exams: There will be two in-class exams given during the semester and a comprehensive final exam. The tentative schedule for the exams is:
Exam 1 Friday, February 13
Exam 2 Friday, April 2
Final Exam Tuesday, May 4;
Absence from an exam without an official excuse will result in you receiving no credit for that exam. If you are aware of a conflict with any of the exam dates, let me know of this before the exam is to take place.
Grading: Grades will be based on the homework, quizzes, labs, and four exams according to the following distribution:
Homework 200 points
Highest semester exam 150 points
Lowest semester exam 75 points
Final exam 175 points
The lowest score among the final quiz score and three semester exams will only count half (50 points). Thus, the final grade will be based on a total of 600 points. If there are any changes made in the above information (for example, a test date being moved), it is your responsibility to know them.
Any student having a docu
Integrity: You are reminded of the academic integrity policy of
St. Michael’s College. Simply stated, academic integrity requires
that the work you complete for this class is your own. So
Class Attendance: The following is taken from pp. 48-49 of the St. Michael’s College 2003-2005 Catalogue:
“Students should understand that the main reason for attending college is to be guided in their learning activities by their professors. This guidance takes place primarily in the classroom and the laboratory.
The following policies have been established:
Members of the teaching faculty and students are expected to
instructor of a course may allow absences equal to the number of class
3. The instructor may report excessive absences to the Associate Dean of the College, who may warn the student.
4. If absences continue, the Associate Dean of the College may remove the student from class with a failing grade.”