# Math 301 Syllabus

Meeting times: W,F from 10:30–11:45am

Meeting place: RFH 102-B

Recommended text: Strang, *Introduction to linear algebra*, 5th edition

Web site: `scoskey.org/m301`

My email: `scoskey@boisestate.edu`

My office: MB 238-B

Office hours: T 1:30-2:30, Th 10:30-11:30, and by appointment

## Course content

Linear algebra starts with the study of solutions to systems of linear equations. We will learn the standard algorithm to find solutions using matrices. Morever the subject becomes much deeper once one understands that the solutions to systems of linear equations form a mathematical structure called a vector space.

Solving linear equations may seem like a specialized tool, but linear algebra it turns out to be valuable in almost all areas of mathematics and its applications. We will explore applications such as finding statistical best fit, population modeling, and internet search.

## Anticipated learning outcomes

- Fluency with core linear algebra concepts
- Appreciate value of linear algebra in mathematics and related fields
- Use linear algebra to solve pure and applied problems

## Rough plan

- Weeks 1–3: Chapter 2, linear equations
- Weeks 4–6: Chapter 3, vector spaces
- Weeks 7–9: Chapter 4, orthogonality
- Weeks 10–12: Chapter 5, determinants
- Weeks 13–15: Chapter 6, eigenvalues

## Grading

- Exam 1 25%
- Exam 2 25%
- Exam 3 (non-cumulative final) 25%
- Classwork 5%
- Homework 20%

## Tentative exam dates

- Exam 1: Friday, February 14
- Exam 2: Friday, March 20
- Exam 3: Wednesday, May 6 from 12:00–2:00pm

## Classwork

You are expected to attend class, prepared to ask questions and discuss the material. Following the discussion, we will start an in-class activity. A small portion of your grade will be based on attendance, attention, collaboration and completion of these activities.

## Homework

Weekly homework assignments will typically be given Friday and collected the following Thursday. All work will be evaluated for completeness, and certain items will be evaluated for correcteness and style. You are encouraged to collaborate with your peers inside and outside of class, and you are free to use online resources when you are stuck. But please keep in mind that you must always fully understand your solutions and most importantly *write them in your own words*.