MTHSC 311-004 Syllabus
  Spring Semester 2013

Time: 9:05 - 9:55; M,W,F.
Location: M-203 Martin Hall.
Instructor: Kevin James
Office: O-21 Martin Hall
  • (864) 656-6766 (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.

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    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. Other sections may be covered if time permits.

    Learning Objectives.

    Linear Algebra is one of the most fundamental of all the subjects studied in undergraduate mathematics. Since it is important in almost all real-world applications of mathematics, it is crucial in the training of scientists, engineers, and mathematicians. This course, whose level is that of a second-semester sophomore, is oriented towards the serious student. Its goal is to present in a logical framework most of the basic concepts of what has become known as elementary linear algebra. While applications are given to indicate the versatility of the subject, the emphasis is on providing the mathematical tools necessary for problem solving by matrix techniques and supplying the theoretical framework in linear algebra needed for more advanced work in the quantitative sciences and engineering. Each student is expected to master the following learning objectives.
    1. Know and be able to state the basic definitions and theorems of the subject.
    2. Understand proofs of the more elementary theorems and be able to derive these on quizzes and tests.
    3. Develop manipulative skills associated with linear systems of equations, matrix operations, determinants, and the reduction of vector space problems to equivalent matrix problems.
    4. Develop geometric intuition about vectors, lines, and planes in 2 and 3 dimensions and carry this intuition over to higher dimensional spaces.
    5. Be able to use these concepts and techniques to solve problems (both manipulative and theoretical) not previously encountered.

    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. Students with more than 6 absences may be dropped from the course. If the instructor is not present 25 minutes after class is scheduled to begin then you may leave.

    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.