MA311 Linear Algebra

for F1U 2008

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MA 311 Linear Algebra


F1U 2008 LU


Simtion, Adrian P.


Adjunct Faculty

Office Location

Luke Air Force Base

Office Hours

by appointment

Daytime Phone



Class Days


Class Time

8:00 - 1:10 PM



Credit Hours



Linear Algebra and Its Applications with CD-ROM, 3rd edition, David C. Lay
Addison-Wesley, 2006. ISBN: 9780321287137

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Course Description:
MA 311 Linear Algebra: 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 lecture, activities,
quizzes, and examination. The instructor encourage exploration of the material and
questioning to deeper the student's understanding and empower them to take
responsibility 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
- Quizzes
- Exams


- Homework/ assignments - 10%
- Quizzes - 30%
- Exams - 60%

Late Submission of Course Materials:

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

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Students are expected to participate fully in the class learning activities.
Phones and i pods can not be used in class, and should be placed
on vibrate or turned off.
Students are required to exercise courteous behavior between themselves
and the instructor.
Three unexcused absences will result in a grade of "F". All students should
consult with the instructor in advances if he/she is expected to be absent
for legitimate reasons.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week - I
Systems of Equations
Week - II
Systems of Equations/ matrix algebra
Chapter-1, 2
Week - III
Matrix Algebra/ determinants
Chapter2, 3
Week - IV
Vector Spaces
Review [Chp. 1, 2, 3]
Exam-1 [Chp. 1, 2, 3]
Vector Spaces (cont.)
Eigenvalues and Eigenvectors
Orthogonality and Least Squares
Review/ final exam
Final Exam [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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

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, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. 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".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. 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.
  6. 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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90

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