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MAT 211 Introduction to Linear Algebra, Spring 2015


-- This course will focus mainly on computations (rather than on mathematical proofs). Some of the topics we will cover are: vectors in n-space; matrices and the algebra of matrices; abstract vector spaces and subspaces; linear transformations and operators – and their kernels and images; basis for a vector space and dimension; eigenvalues and eigenvectors; diagonalization of linear operators. 

General Information

  • Class schedule: TTh 4:00PM-5:20PM, Library W4535, Spring 2015
  • Textbook: Linear Algebra with Applications by Otto Bretscher, Fifth Edition, Pearson, 2012.
    Note that a textbook is not required. However, I would recommend you having access to any introductory level linear algebra book, which you find definitions & theorems systematically, work more problems and have something to consult when you get confused.
  • Office Hour: TTh 12:30pm-1:30pm
  • Grader : Yan Liang: yan.liang@stonybrook.edu
  • Math Learning Center: Math Learning Center, in Math Tower S-240A, is there for you to get help

Grades, Homeworks and Exams

  • Grading Policy
    Homework = 10%
    Midterm Exam 1 = 25%
    Midterm Exam 2 = 25%
    Final Exam = 40%
    Your final letter grade will be curved following the performance of the whole class.

  • Homeworks
    • Please find each set of homework under "Course Schedule and Homework Sets"
    • Homework will be assigned every Thursday and collected the following Tuesday in class.
    • Homework counts 10% of your total scores.
    • No late homework will be accepted and the lowest 3 homework grades will be dropped.

  • Exams
    • Make sure that you can attend the exams at the scheduled times.
    • Make-ups will not be given.
    • If one midterm exam is missed because of a serious (documented) illness or emergency, the semester grade will be determined based on the balance of the work in the course.

    • Exam Arrangements
      What When Where % of Final Grade
       Midterm  1 March 12 2015
       In Class
       Library W4535 25%
       Midterm  2 Tentative 
       April 14 2015, In Class
       Library W4535 25%
       Final Exam May 18 2015 
       2:15pm-5:00pm
       Library W4535 40%

Course Schedule and Homework Sets

  • The course schedule is tentative
  • We will post course notes after each lecture

Disability Support Services (DSS) Statement

If you have a physical, psychological, medical or learning disability that may impact your course work, please contact Disability Support Services, ECC (Educational Communications Center) Building, room 128, (631) 632-6748. They will determine with you what accommodations, if any, are necessary and appropriate. All information and documentation is confidential. Students who require assistance during emergency evacuation are encouraged to discuss their needs with their professors and Disability Support Services. For procedures and information go to the following website

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