Math 235H, Spring 2016
Mathematics 235H, Honors Linear Algebra.
Professor Siman Wong
MWF 11:15am-12:05pm. LGRT 173
Click here for your
supplementary written problems (as they become available). These are in additional to
your regular online homework.
You can download a copy of the course handout by clicking this
Information regarding your final exam:
- Tuesday May 3, 10:30am-12:30pm. Room: LGRT 121
- Content: MT#1 + MT#2 + (section 6.1-6.5) + (section 7.1 + 7.2)
The following topics will NOT be on your final exam:
Snake-and-ladder, the google page rank algorithm, singular value decomposition, spectrum decomposition (at the very end of section 7.1), and the subsection "Classifying Quadratic Forms" in section 7.2
I did not assign any online HW for section 4.4, but you need to know
the materials there (which is not a lot)
For section 7.2 you do need to know the material prior to the
subsection "Classifying Quadratic Forms"
- No book/notes, No CALCULATOR
- I will use the Monday April 25 + Wednesday April 27 lectures as
in-class review. Come with questions!
Sample Final Exam
- You can also check out Professor Markman's
old (regular) Math 235 exams.
- The pace/coverage of our class is a bit different from the regular
Math 235. So while Professor Markman's old exams could serve as
an additional source of practice problems, you should not
use the old, regular Math 235 as a guide for your own Math 235H
Solution to MT#2. Here is
Solution to MT#1. Here is
Math 235H is the Honors version of Linear Algebra.
LGRT , Room 1115G
siman AT math DOT umass DOT edu
(prefered means of communication)
Monday & Wednesday 10-11am; Monday 1:30-2:30pm;
and by appointment
Free tutorial is available
on the 10th floor of the Du Bois library.
Check their schedule!
(starting in late Jan)
Disclaimer: The LRC is an independent entity and is not run by the math department
Grades & Exams
Your total course grade is computed based on
30% of your course grade is based on homework/participation; the
remaining 70% is based on exams. Specfically, among the two midterms and the
final exam, the one with the lowest percentage grade will be worth 20% of your
course grade, and the remaining two, 25% each.
Your final letter grade will be determined as follows:
- Midterm #1 (Tues March 1, 7-9pm, Room: GSMN 0151)
- Midterm #2 (Tues April 12, 7-9pm, Room: GSMN 0151)
- Final Exam (Tuesday May 3, 10:30am-12:30pm, Room: LGRT 121)
||A: 87% - 100%
||A-: 83% - 87%
|B+: 79% - 83%
||B: 75% - 79%
||B-: 71% - 75%
|C+: 67% - 71%
||C: 63% - 67%
||C-: 59% - 63%
|D+: 55% - 59%
||D: 50% - 55%
||F: 0% - 50%
In addition to the online homework, I might assign additional written
homework. If so I will make announcement in class.
No late homework.
Instead I will drop
the two problem sets with the
lowest percentage grades
(including HW you did not hand-in, for any non-preapproved reason)
when I compute your
final HW grades
You can use a calculator for your homework, but
not allowed for exams!
Linear Algebra and its Applications (5th ed)
by David Lay et al.
is required for this course.
Your purchase of
includes the e-Text
Linear Algebra and its Applications (5th ed)
by David Lay et al.
You can go to www.mymathlab.com and use the Course ID which the instructor will give you to purchase access at a special reduced price of $75.00. This is not a rental price, but ownership of the e-Text in perpetuity. You may also purchase a physical book with MyMathLab
at Amazon.com. You have the choice of the hardcover with MyMathLab ($125.13) or a loose leaf version with MyMathLab ($117.33). You must use the following ISBN to receive these discounted negotiated with UMass:
If you purchase the book elsewhere, be sure to get MyMathLab for the
of the book.
Hardcover with MyMathLab ISBN: 1323158820
Loose Leaf with MyMathLab ISBN: 1323158812
How to acess your e-textbook
Click here to go the
Step 1: Sign up for a MyMathLab
account and register for Math 235
Following the instruction in this handout (this handout includes the
course ID of this class)
Make sure you enter your first/last name correctly and enter your
UMASS email address, otherwise I would not be able to access your
This system is operated by an outside vendor and not by
UMass/me. Please contact the tech support desk of
MyMathLab (open 24/7)
if you run into difficulty with
registration and access
Step 2: To access your e-textbook
(after you created a MyMathLab
Click the link for Spring 2016, Math 235H
Click the link for Interactive eBook
Click the link for "View the Interactive eBook for your course"
Download and install
Wolfram CDF Player
You can now download the relevant chapters/sections and read them offline
I cannot provide you with direct link/URL since the files
are linked to your individual account
You can download the software on multiple computers/laptop, but you must
install the software from scratch for each machine (so e.g. do not
file once and share it with every one in the class)
At this time I believe you cannot access your
via your cellphone or tablet
Other administrative details
the only way to add/drop a course/section is via SPIRE.
In particular, I cannot add/drop a course/section for you.
I do not keep a waiting list, and the Math Dept staffs will not handle
Final exams will not be returned to the students. The Math Dept will keep
them in files and will provide a student with a photocopy upon request.
Except for emergency,
do not send text messages/emails or make/receive phone calls during
If you arrive late to class, sit in the first seat you can find so as not to disturb others, and do not come up to the front of the room to pick up or hand in papers.
You can use laptops and tablets during class
provided that you do not disturb your fellow classmates and my
lectures (for example: mute the speaker).
They are not allowed during exams.
If you will be absent from an exam or other class activity because of religious observance, you must notify
me in writing, in advance of the absence, and at the beginning of the semester —within one full week
of your enrollment in the course.
Drops, Withdrawals, and Incompletes
- The last day to drop with no record
is Monday Feb 1.
If you intend to drop, please do so
as soon as possible; others may be waiting to enroll in your section.
- The last day to drop with a W
Thursday March 3.
- An Incomplete is possible only if
Thus failing work is no reason in itself for an
- you had a compelling personal reason, e.g., serious illness
- your work has clearly been passing; and
- there is a good chance you will complete the course with a passing
Make-up Exam request procedure
Please refer to the last page of the
for details. Here are a few hightlights:
Again, please refer to
Requests for make-up exams due to non emergency must be submitted, with proper documentation,
at least two weeks before the regularly scheduled exam is given. Failure to complete this procedure in timely fashion may result in a zeroon the exam.
If you have a conflict with another exam(s), visit the Registrar's Office to determine which course needs to give the makeup exam
In case of a medical emergency, submit a statement from a medical professional that includes a phone number where the professional may be contacted. While it is your right not to disclose any details, the medical professional's statement must indicate that you were unable for medical reasons to take the scheduled exam. If advance notice is possible and not given, your instructor may refuse your request.
The University of Massachusetts 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 (DS) may be eligible for reasonable academic accommodations to help succeed in this course. If you
have a documented disability that requires an accommodation, please notify the instructor within the first
two weeks of the semester so that we may make appropriate arrangements.
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