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COURSE OUTLINE FOR MA253 (LINEAR ALGEBRA)
ALEX GHITZA, COLBY COLLEGE
Instructor:
Alex Ghitza
Office:
Mudd 412
Office hours: T 10:4511:45, T 7:30pm9:30pm, W 7:30pm8:30pm
or by appointment (email me)
Office phone: 8595834
Email:
[email protected]
Webpage:
http://www.colby.edu/personal/aghitza/253/
Classroom:
Keyes 102
Class hours:
TR 9:3010:45
1.
Course description
1.1.
Calendar description. Linear algebra.
(4 credit hours) (Prerequisites: MA102,
MA121, MA131, or MA161.) Solutions of linear systems of equations, matrix algebra, de
terminants. Introduction to abstract vector spaces and linear transformations, eigenvalues,
and eigenvectors.
1.2.
Syllabus.
We will basically cover the ﬁrst 7 chapters of [1], although not necessarily
in order.
2.
Evaluation of your progress
2.1.
Your ﬁnal grade.
Your grade in this course will be a
letter grade
, based on a percent
age grade computed from four components:
•
Weekly homework assignments, counting together for 40%.
•
Some number of quizzes, counting together for 2%.
•
Two (2) onehour tests given during the semester, counting together for 28%. The
dates will be announced a couple of weeks in advance.
•
The ﬁnal examination, counting for 30% or 58%.
In case a student’s performance on the ﬁnal examination is superior to his/her performance
on the tests, the ﬁnal examination grade will replace the test grade in the calculations, but
only if the student has actually written the two tests. It is not possible to have the ﬁnal
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This note was uploaded on 01/23/2008 for the course MATH 253 taught by Professor Ghitza during the Spring '07 term at Colby.
 Spring '07
 GHITZA
 Math, Linear Algebra, Algebra

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