MA311 Linear Algebra

for F1U 2007

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MA 311 Linear Algebra


F1U 2007 LU


Simtion, Adrian P.


Adjunct Faculty

Office Hours

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Class Days


Class Time

8:00 - 1:30 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:

The Instructor's educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on
lectures, activities, quizzes, and examination. The instructor encourage
exploration of the material and questioning to deeper the student's
understanding and empower them to take responsability to their success in
the course. 

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:

- Homework assignments
- Daily quizzes
- Exams


- Quizzes/homework assignments, 30%
- Exams, 70%

Late Submission of Course Materials:

The instructor will accept late assignments for partial credit only for
justifiable reasons, as deemed by the instructor. Students should not
expect to receive extra time on completing assignments.
Since the course is compact into eight weeks, students cannot afford
to fall behind in the work.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Students are expected to participate fully in the class learning activities.
Phones and beepers are to be placed on vibrate or turned off. Do not
text massage or take picture during the lecture.
Students are required to exercise courteous behaviour between themselves
and with the instructor.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week - I
Systems of Equations
Week - II
Systems of Equations/ matrix algebra
Chapter-1 and 2
Matrix Algebra/ determinants
Chapter-2 and 3
Vector Spaces
review [chp.1,2,3]
Exam-1 [chp.1,2,3]
Week - V
Vector Spaces (cont.)
Week - VI
Eigenvalues and Eigenvectors
Week - VII
Orthogonality and Least Squares
Week - VIII
Symmetric Matrices and Quadratic Forms
review-final exam
Final Exam [chp.1,2,3,4,5,6]

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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