MA311 Linear Algebra

for S2B 2008

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MA 311 Linear Algebra


S2B 2008 BL


Ordaz, RuthAnn W.


Senior Instructor of Mathematics


B.A. in Mathematics, S.D.S.U.
M.A. in Ed. Psych., U. of Minnesota
36 grad. hrs. beyond Master's degree

Office Location

Fort Bliss campus

Office Hours

Before and after class as needed

Daytime Phone


Other Phone



Semester Dates

March 22 - May 10, 2008

Class Days


Class Time

1:10 - 6:10 PM



Credit Hours




Linear Algebra and Its Applications with CD-ROM, Update, 3/E, David C. Lay
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Course Description:
Topics include the general methods of solving systems of equations, determinants and matrices, vector spaces, linear transformations and introduction to simplex algorithms.3:0:3. Prerequisite: MA211

Educational Philosophy:
In order to understand and apply mathematics, the student must be engaged in the problem-solving process.  Teaching techniques will include lectures with detailed examples, worksheets, computer applications, and collaborative learning activities.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Solve a system of linear equations using Gaussian elimination.
  2. Perform arithmetic operations on matrices.
  3. Use the properties of invertible matrices to solve systems of linear equations.
  4. Use the determinant of a matrix to tell whether a system of equations has a unique solution or not
  5. Apply the properties of vectors in Euclidean n-space and provide a geometric interpretation where appropriate
  6. Apply the properties of linear independence, basis, and dimension
  7. Perform the Gram-Schmidt process
  8. Demonstrate what it means to say that two vectors are orthogonal
  9. Apply the properties of inner product spaces

Core Assessment:
  • Periodic assignments
  • Quizzes
  • Tests

Class Assessment:

Midterm exam
Comprehensive final exam
Homework & quizzes


Homework                  20%           
Classwork/Quizzes      20%        
Midterm                      30%        
Final exam                   30%
90 - 100 %   A
80 - 89%     B
70 - 79%     C
60 - 69%     D
0 - 59%       F

Late Submission of Course Materials:

A penalty of 20% will be assessed for late homework.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students are expected to participate fully in class learning activities.  Phones are to be placed on "vibrate" or turned off.  Students shall demonstrate respect and courteous behavior with the instructor and their peers.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1 March 22 Ch. 1 Systems of Equations, Row Reduction
Week 2 March 29 Ch. 1-2 Linear Systems & Matrix Operations
Week 3 April 5 Ch. 2 - 3  Matrix Algebra & Determinants
Week 4 April 12 Ch. 4  Vector Spaces, Linear Indep.; Review Ch. 1 - 3

Week 5 April 19 Exam I (Ch. 1,2,3); Continue Ch. 4
Week 6 April 26 Ch. 5  Eigenvalues & Eigenvectors
Week 7 May 3 Ch. 6  Orthogonality, Gram-Schmidt, Inner Product
Week 8 May 10 Review & Final Exam (Ch. 1 - 6)

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-86

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  3. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  4. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  5. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  6. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  7. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-88

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