MTHSC 311 Syllabus
Spring Semester 2004
Time: 1:25 - 2:15; M,W,F.
Location: M306 Martin Hall.
Instructor: Kevin James
Office: O-21 Martin Hall
(864) 656-6766 (office)
(864) 656-3434 (Dept)
These hours are subject to change. Check my webpage for an up
to date listing of office hours.
11:00am - Noon; Tu,Th O21 Martin.
OR by appointment (use e-mail).
``Linear Algebra and Its Applications'', 3-rd ed. by David C. Lay
Goals and Objectives.
To present a concrete account of introductory linear algebra including
some emphasis on the computational aspects of matrices.
We will cover topics in chapters: 1.1-1.9, 2.1-2.3, 3.1-3.3, 4.1-4.6,
5.1-5.3, 6.1-6.5, 7.1.
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
a schedule of examination times.
- 2 In-class Exams 50%
- Homework, quizes and class participation 20%
- Cumulative Final Exam 30%
The following grading scale will be used:
However one should note that at the present time plus/minus
grading is still in the experimental stages.
The grade that will be assigned for each
student will be stripped of the plus/minus; that is grades of A+,A,A-
will all be reported as an A and similarly for the other letter grades. See
Clemson University's official statement on plus/minus grading below for more
All grading will be on the basis of your work shown and not on the
Clemson's Official Statement on the Trial Period for Plus/Minus Grading
Clemson University is committed to all aspects of academic
excellence, including the exploration of possible improvements to grading
policies. Accordingly, beginning
with the 2002 2003 academic year, a trial period for the
plus/minus grading system will be in effect for two years. Although the
trial will be ongoing, only non-plus/minus grades will be used to calculate
GPRs. There will be no effect on transcripts or grade reports, and the
data will be used solely for research purposes.
If at the end of the trial period the plus/minus system is implemented,
its implementation will affect all current students at once; i.e., the
change will be announced in the Undergraduate Announcements for the year in
which it is to take effect. This should ensure that a smooth transition
For more information on this grading system, please see the
Registrar’s web site
Absolutely NO late homework will be accepted and there will
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. 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