Information Sheet, Math 307

Spring 2005

Revised May 2, 2005


Gary M. Lieberman
office: Carver 422
office hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 2:10-3:00; Tuesday and Thursday 10:00-10:50 Click here for modifications to this schedule.
telephone: 294-8136
More information: homepage

  • The textbook for this course is Linear Algebra and its Applications (Third Edition) by David C. Lay.
  • The course will be graded based on homework, two in-class exams, and the final exam. Homework is 45% of your grade, each in-class exam is 15%, and the final is 25%. Approximate cut-offs are 90%  = A, 80%  = B, 70% = C, 55%  = D. Adjustments to this scale (such as plus/minus grades) will be made at the instructor's discretion but only for your midterm and course grades.  If plus/minus grading is used, the cut-offs listed will be for the corresponding letter grade with a minus.  (So 90% will be the minimum score for an A-, etc.) Grades will be available on the web, including approximate letter grades.
  • There is a syllabus at the bottom of this page.
  • You can now get to the vocabulary list.
  • Here is the link to the practice first in-class exam.
  • Here is a practice final.  Because it's from three years ago, it covers a slightly different set of topics.  Use it only as a guide to difficulty of problems.
  • Here are suggested problems for the last two lectures: Section 6.2/ #2, 5, 10, 15  Section 6.4/ #3, 11.  You do not need to turn these problems in; they will not be graded.
  • Office hours for finals week are:
    Tuesday 10 -12 and 2-4, Wednesday 2-4, Thursday 10-12.
  • Expect exams to be graded by Friday morning with grades available on the web Friday afternoon.
  • Late homework assignments will be graded when I have time but there is no penalty for late homework. (This policy may change if there is too much late homework.)
  • Syllabus for Math 307

    [Subject to change]


    Chapter Topics Dates
    1  Linear Equations January 10- February 4
    2  Matrix Algebra February 7-16
    3  Determinants February 23-March 4
    4  Vector Spaces March 7-April 1
    5 Eigenvalues and Eigenvectors April 8-20
    6 Orthogonalilty April 22-27


    In-class exams will be February 21 (over Chapters 1 and 2) and April 6 (over Chapters 3 and 4).  The final exam (over Chapters 1 through 6) is currently scheduled for Wednesday, May 4, 9:45 am to 11:45 am.


    Homework assignments

    Due January 17 Section 1.1/ #4, 6, 15, 29      Section 1.2/ #2, 5

    Click here for additional assignments.