This is the course-wide webpage. Please consult your section webpage for additional information.
Students needing an override in order to enroll in the course should contact the course chair Paul Hacking email@example.com with the following information: (1) sections of the course which conflict with other courses from your academic schedule, and (2) preferred section of the course. (Unfortunately, in order to keep the sections balanced we cannot guarantee that you will be assigned to your preferred section.)
The course text is Linear algebra and its applications (5th edition) by David Lay, Steven Lay, and Judi McDonald.
MyMathLab is required for this course. An electronic copy of the textbook is included in your purchase of MyMathLab. Go to www.mymathlab.com (link) and use the Course ID for your own section (provided by your section's instructor).
Online homework and quizzes will be assigned through MyMathLab by your instructor.
This is an introductory course on linear algebra, covering systems of linear equations, matrices, linear transformations, determinants, vector spaces, eigenvalues and eigenvectors, and orthogonality.
The schedule below gives the topics from the course text to be covered each week. (This is only a guideline, and may be modified by your instructor as necessary.)
There will be two midterm exams and a final exam. Past exams are available here.
You are allowed one 8.5" x 11" sheet of notes (both sides). Calculators and the textbook are not allowed on the exams. You should bring your student ID (UCard) to each exam.
If you have a documented conflict for one of the exams, in order to take the make-up exam you must give the course chair Paul Hacking firstname.lastname@example.org at least one weeks' written notice for a midterm exam and at least two weeks' written notice for the final exam. Other make-up exams (for example due to medical emergencies) will be handled by your section instructor. Make-up exams will not be given to accommodate travel plans.First midterm exam
The first midterm will be held on Tuesday 2/27/18, 7:00PM--9:00PM, at the following locations:
Sections 1, 2, and 3 (Chen, Hacking, and Hart). ILC N151
Section 4 (Havens). HASA0124
Section 5 (Gerding). HASA0126
Sections 6 and 7 (Chiriac). HASA0020
Section 8 (Flock). HAS0134
Section 11 (DeFranco). GSMN0064
The syllabus for the first midterm is the following sections of the textbook: 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.7, 1.8, 1.9, 2.1.
Please work through the practice exam here. Solutions to the practice exam are here.Second midterm exam
The second midterm will be held on Tuesday 4/10/18, 7:00PM--9:00PM, at the following locations:
Section 1 (Chen) HAS0134
Section 2 (Hacking) GOES0020
Section 3 (Hart) FERN0011
Section 4 (Havens) HASA0124
Section 5 (Gerding) HASA0126
Section 6 (Chiriac 2:30PM--3:45PM) HERT0227
Section 7 (Chiriac 1:00PM--2:15PM) HERT0231
Section 8 (Flock) ILC S331
Section 11 (DeFranco) GSMN0064
The syllabus for the second midterm is the following sections of the textbook: 2.2, 2.3, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5.
Please work through the practice exam here. Solutions to the practice exam are here.Final Exam
The final exam will be held on Monday 5/7/18, 10:30AM-12:30PM, in Boyden gym.
The syllabus for the final exam is the following sections of the textbook: 4.5, 4.6, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.5, 6.1, and 6.2.
Please work through the practice exam here. Solutions to the practice exam are here.
Your course grade will be computed as follows: First midterm exam 25%; Second midterm exam 25%; Final exam 25%; Homework, quizzes, and class participation 25% (determined by your section instructor).
Grades will be assigned to course percentages according to the following scale:
A : 90--100
A- : 87--89
B+ : 84--86
B : 80--83
B- : 77--79
C+ : 74--76
C : 70--73
C- : 67--69
D+ : 64--66
D : 57--63
F : 0--56
UMass Amherst is committed to providing an equal educational opportunity for all students. A student with a documented physical, psychological, or learning disability on file with Disability Services may be eligible for academic accommodations to help them succeed in this course. If you have a documented disability that requires an accommodation, please notify your instructor during the first two weeks of the semester so that we can make appropriate arrangements.