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Syllabus Math 253 Sp07

Linear Algebra with Applications (3rd Edition)

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COURSE OUTLINE FOR MA253 (LINEAR ALGEBRA) ALEX GHITZA, COLBY COLLEGE Instructor: Alex Ghitza Office: Mudd 412 Office hours: T 10:45-11:45, T 7:30pm-9:30pm, W 7:30pm-8:30pm or by appointment (email me) Office phone: 859-5834 Email: [email protected]du Webpage: http://www.colby.edu/personal/aghitza/253/ Classroom: Keyes 102 Class hours: TR 9:30-10:45 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) one-hour 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 examination grade replace the grade on homework assignments or on quizzes.
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