# Elementary Linear Algebra

**Learning Outcomes:** Upon successful completion of
the course, the student will

1. be able to express linear systems of equations in matrix form.

2. be able to solve systems of linear equations using Gauss-Jordan elimination.

3. be able to perform basic matrix operations and compute matrix inverses and
determinants.

4. be introduced to the basic properties of real vector spaces and subspaces
including properties such as

linear independence , span, basis, rank.

5. examine linear transformations and their applications to computer graphics .

6. be able to compute eigenvalues and eigenvectors of a square matrix .

7. be able to use the software package MATLAB to perform basic matrix
operations .

**Grading and Evaluation:** There will be four in-class tests worth 100
points each; several quizzes and

assignments which will be scaled to be worth 100 points altogether; and a final
exam worth 150 points. Your

lowest test score will be dropped. Your average is computed by taking your total
number of points , dividing

by 5.5, and rounding to the nearest whole number . Letter grades are assigned as
follows:

90-100: A | 80-89: B | 70-79: C | 60-69: D | 0-59: F |

**Final Exam: **The final exam is on Friday December 7,
8-10 am. It will be comprehensive.

**Attendance: **You are expected to attend every class. Although absences are
not penalized, if a class is

missed, you are responsible for all materials and assignments.

**Make-ups: **In order to take a make-up test or quiz, you must have a valid
reason for missing the test,

contact me as soon as possible, and (except in extreme situations) take the test
on or before the day of the

next class.

**Late Assignments:** Late assignments will be penalized 10% per class day;
no assignment will be

accepted more than three class days after the due date. Exceptions might be made
in extreme situations.

**Academic Dishonesty: **Any student caught cheating will receive a failing
grade and may be reported

to the Office of Student Affairs. Cheating includes using unauthorized materials
during a test, giving or

receiving information during a test (including copying), giving information
about a test to a student who

will take it at a later time, and receiving information about a test before you
take it.

**Important Dates:**

**Last Day to Drop: **August 21

**Labor Day:** September 3

**Last Day to Withdraw:** October 8

**Fall Break:** October 11-12

**Thanksgiving Holidays:** November 21-23

**Final Exam: **Friday December 7, 8-10 am

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