MTHSC 311 Syllabus
  Fall Semester 2010

Time: 8:00 - 8:50; M,W,F.
Location: M-302 Martin Hall.
Instructor:Neil Calkin
Office: O-115 Martin Hall
  • (864) 656-3437 (office)
  • (864) 656-3434 (Dept)

    Office Hours

    Office hours are by appointment. Please email me to set up an appointment or simply drop by my office.

    Required Text

    Goals and Objectives.

    To present a concrete account of introductory linear algebra including some emphasis on the computational aspects of matrices.

    Course Contents.

    We will cover topics in sections: 1.1-1.9, 2.1-2.3, 3.1-3.3, 4.1-4.7, 5.1-5.3, 6.1-6.5, 7.1.

    Time Requirements.

    Please be sure to devote at least six hours per week outside of class to this course.

    Grading Policies

    The grading in this class will be as follows:

    All exams will be cumulative. Click here for a schedule of examination times.

    The following grading scale will be used:

    A 90-100 B 80-89 C 70-79 D 60-69 F 0-59

    All grading will be on the basis of your work shown and not on the answer alone.

    Make-up Policy

    Absolutely NO late homework will be accepted and there will be No make-ups for missed quizes or exams. In the event, that a student misses an exam due to a documented excused absence, that student's final exam score will be substituted for the missing exam score. Any student who misses an exam and cannot provide documentation indicating that the absence was excused will recieve a 0 for the exam.

    Attendance Policy.

    Regular and punctual attendance is expected. If the instructor is not present 25 minutes after class is scheduled to begin then you may leave.


    The Department of Mathematical Sciences is building a technology-intensive classroom, complete with tablet workstations for every two students, multiple SmartBoards, heavy duty parallel computing power and telecommunications facilities.  Once the room is at a stage where the technology is usable, we will start making heavy use of Matlab to perform computations and to gain insight into the structure of linear algebra.  You should have a copy of this software, available via CCIT, on your own computers. We may also make use of the package Sage, which doesn't need to be installed.

    Academic Integrity

    As members of the Clemson University community, we have inherited Thomas Green Clemson's vision of this institution as a high seminary of learning. Fundamental to this vision is a mutual commitment to truthfulness, honor, and responsibility, without which we cannot earn the trust and respect of others. Furthermore, we recognize that academic dishonesty detracts from the value of a Clemson degree. Therefore, we shall not tolerate lying, cheating, or stealing in any form.

    Disability Access

    It is University policy to provide, on a flexible and individualized basis, reasonable accommodations to students who have disabilities. Students are encouraged to contact Student Disability Services to discuss their individual needs for accommodation.