MTH 309 : Linear Algebra, Sec 002, Spring 2019

Instructor Information:

Shiwen Zhang
Office: Wells Hall C320
Office Hours: Mon 2:50pm-4:00pm; Fri 11am-12pm, 2:50pm-4:00pm; or by appointment

Lecture Information:

Room: A116 Wells Hall
Hours: Mon, Wed, Fri, 1:50pm-2:40pm

Grader: Hayriye Guckir

Exams, last updated, April 17:

Final Exam: Monday, Apr 29 2019 3:00pm - 5:00pm in A116 Wells Hall. ACCUMULATIVE.

List of key points for Final Exam, last updated, April 23

Formula Sheet for Final Exam,last updated, April 23

Office hours for Final Review: April 26th, 28th, Fri, Sun, 3pm-5pm; April 29th, Mon, 10am-2pm.

Answer Key to Exam 1: Mon, Feb 18th, 50 min in class, contents: Sec 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 2.1, 2.2

Answer Key to Exam 2: Mon, April 1st, 50 min in class, not accumulative. Contents: Sec 3.1-3.5, 3.6(rank and nullity only), 4.1, 4.2, 6.1, 6.3. There will be a formula sheet provided.

List of key points for Mid 2

Formula Sheet for Mid 2


Important Dates:

Class Begins 1/7/2019

Open adds end (8:00pm) 1/11/2019

Last day to drop with refund (8:00pm) 2/1/2019

Last day to drop with no grade reported (8:00pm) 2/27/2019

Class Ends 4/26/2019

Holidays: 1/21/2019, 3/4/2019 - 3/8/2019, no classes

Course Information:

Textbook: Linear Algebra with Application, Leon Steven.

We will cover through the middle of Chapter~6. You can also use 8th edition, some homework problems will have different numbers, it will be noted in the assignments.

Grading Policy:

Homework: 30%; Exam 1&2: 20% each; Final exam: 30%.

Final grades will be determined by:

4.0 Grade 0.0 1.0 1.5 2.0 2.5 3.0 3.5 4.0
% Grade [0,55) [55,60) [60,67) [67,72) [72,82) [82,87) [87,92) [92,100]

This scale may be rescaled at the end of the semester to be more lenient.


Make-Up Policy:

The daily homework assignments are the main part of the course. Homework will be collected once week on Friday, except the first one and the exam week. First collection is Wed Jan 16th. TWO lowest homework will be dropped. No late homework will be graded, and there will be a penalty on the credits. NO MAKE-UP for EXAMS in general. Missed exams will count as 0 points. Only under rare circumstances (such as illness with a doctor's written excuse) will a make-up exam be given.

Other Information and Additional resources:

Linear Algebra Done Wrong, by S. Treil. A free online book with a clean presentation, available here.

Academic Calendar;

MSU Mathematics Undergraduate Programs; MSU Mathematics Graduate Programs.