Course Description: For the mathematics major, actuarial science
major, pre-engineering student,
math/education major or any student who needs an understanding of the underlying
principles of linear
algebra. Includes matrix operations , determinants, vector spaces, linear
independence , bases, and the
applications of these concepts to systems of linear equations. Prerequisite:
Rationale /Goal: The purpose and goal of the course is to present
linear algebra as a practical tool for
students majoring in engineering, computer science, mathematics, math-education,
economics or science.
Emphasis is placed on vector spaces, linear independence , matrices and
transformations, eigen values and eigenvectors , and linear programming. The heart
of the course deals
with the main ideas of vector spaces and bases.
Competencies: At the conclusion of the course the student will be able
1. Apply the Gaussian and Gauss-Jordan elimination techniques to solving systems
of linear equations.
(Math SSC 6.3, 7.4)
2. Solve mathematical problems using various matrix operations. (Math SSC 6.3,
3. Evaluate de terminants used in mathematical applications. (Math SSC 6.3, 7.3,
4. Describe vector spaces and use them in various real world applications. (Math
5. Use inner product spaces to solve certain applications. (Math SSC 6.3)
6. Develop an understanding of linear transformations and how they are applied.
(Math SSC 6.3)
7. Work applications problems using eigenvalues and eigenvectors. (Math SSC 6.3)
8. Apply certain numerical methods . (Math SSC 7.4)
9. Define complex vectors.
10. Maximize and/ or minimize systems of linear programming models using the
Simplex Method .
Performance indicator: The determination of the above competencies
will be based on a set of assigned
homework problems, class presentations of problems, hourly exams, and a final
Textbook: Larson/Edwards/Falvo. Elementary Linear Algebra (6th ed.).
Houghton Mifflin Company,
Calculators: It is recommended that you have a
graphing calculator . Graphing devices vary greatly
so you should have a manual and become familiar with your own calculator and its
Grading: Your final grade will be determined by
your percentage of possible points earned on:
Homework, quizzes, presentations, etc
Exams (100 pts each)
1 Final Exam
The fol lowing scale will be used to determine your
semester letter grade:
Below 60% F
Homework/Quizzes/Presentations: Homework will be
as signed on a regular basis. I recommend that
you come to my office to see me about any homework problems that are causing you
Quizzes are not announced and can not be made- up. You will have a choice as to
what problems from
the homework you present on presentation days, however keep in mind that the
more difficult the
problem the more points it is worth.
Attendance: Attendance is expected. Attendance will
be taken at the beginning of each class period.
Please inform me in advance of any planned absences. For illness or emergency
situations, contact me
to arrange to make up any missed work. Note: There is an Administrative
student who misses 2 consecutive weeks of classes will be administratively
withdrawn from class. If
this happens within the first 6 weeks of classes, it will be recorded as a "W".
After the 6th week of
classes, it will be recorded as "WF" or "WP".
Exams: Exams will be announced. If you have a
conflict, it is your responsibility to notify me as
soon as possible. Make-up exams are only allowed for validated illnesses,
emergencies, and college
related activities such as field trips or sporting events, where your name is on
the list of excused
students. You must make arrangements with me to take the make-up exam before the
session. The exam score will be discounted 10% for each class session
I will not discuss the grading of an exam in class, before
class, or after class. If you have a
question about how your exam was graded, see me during my office hours. I will
allow 1 week for
the discussion to take place. After that your grade stands. Should you have a
question about the
grading of the exam, I reserve the right to have the entire exam regarded.
Chapter 1 Systems of Linear Equations
Chapter 2 Matrices
Exam 1 and Chapter 3 Determinants
Chapter 3 Exam 2
Chapter 4 Vector Spaces
Exam 3 and Chapter 5 Inner Product Spaces
Chapter 5 Exam 4
Chapter 6 Linear Transformations
Exam 5 and Chapter 7 Eigenvalues and
The final exam for this course is scheduled for Fri.
5/8/09 at 10:00 a.m. You must take the final exam at
the time designated for this class. The final exam is mandatory. Make your
*Subject to change at the discretion of the instructor.
MVC ADA Statement
Special Needs: If you have special needs as addressed by the Americans with
Disabilities Act, please contact: Jamie Gold, ADA coordinator, room 206 Baity Hall, phone 831-4170, and
your instructor. After proper
documentation, reasonable efforts will be made to accommodate your special
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Missouri Valley College maintains
standards of academic honesty. Therefore, students who are caught cheating or
plagiarizing materials in the
course will not receive credit for the assignment or test in question, which
will likely lead to failure of the course.
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Electronic devices (such as cell phones, iPods, etc.)
need to be turned off or muted during class
Student actions that do not adhere to the MVC Student Code
of Conduct will be addressed according to college
policies regarding academic dishonesty and disruptive behavior. A student who
exhibits dishonest, disruptive,
or disrespectful behavior risk suspension or expulsion from the institution.