MATH 213 A Linear Algebra Spring 2004


Professor: George L. Ashline



Office: 261 Jeanmarie Hall, Phone: 654-2434



Office Hours: M from 1:30 to 2:30 PM, T, Th from 1:30 to 3 PM, and W from 3:30 to 4:30 PM; also, feel free to set up appointments for other times.



Class Meets: M, W, F from 10:30 to 11:35 AM 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 . You can access information about our text

at , 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; 9-11:30 AM


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.

Learning Disabilities: Any student having a documented learning disability that may affect the learning of mathematics is invited to consult privately with me during the first week of the semester so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

Academic 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.  Some examples of offenses against academic integrity include plagiarism, unauthorized assistance, interference, and interference using information technology.  Details about academic integrity offenses and the possible sanctions resulting from them have been distributed at the beginning of the academic year and also can be found in the Associate Dean’s office.

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:

1. Members of the teaching faculty and students are expected to meet all scheduled classes unless prevented from doing so by illness or other emergencies.

2. The instructor of a course may allow absences equal to the number of class meetings per week.  Additional absences will be considered excessive.

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.”

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