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 are by appointment. Please email me to set up an
appointment or simply drop by my office.
``Linear Algebra and Its Applications'', 3-rd ed. by David C. Lay
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.
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
- Know and be able to state the basic definitions and theorems
of the subject.
- Understand proofs of the more elementary theorems and be able
to derive these on quizzes and tests.
- Develop manipulative skills associated with linear systems of
equations, matrix operations, determinants, and the reduction of
vector space problems to equivalent matrix problems.
- Develop geometric intuition about vectors,
lines, and planes in 2 and 3 dimensions and carry this intuition
over to higher dimensional spaces.
- Be able to use these concepts and techniques to solve problems
(both manipulative and theoretical) not previously encountered.
Please be sure to devote at least six hours per week outside of class
to this course.
The grading in this class will be as follows:
All exams will be cumulative. Click here for
a schedule of examination times.
- 3 In-class Exams 60%
- Homework and Quizes 20%
- Cumulative Final Exam 20%
The following grading scale will be used:
All grading will be on the basis of your work shown and not on the
Absolutely NO late homework will be accepted and there will
be No make-ups for missed quizes or exams. In the event, that a
misses an exam due to a documented excused absence, that student's
score will be substituted for the missing exam score. Any student who
an exam and cannot provide documentation indicating that the absence
was excused will recieve a 0 for the exam.
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.
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
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.