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MA 311 Linear Algebra
McCandless, Peter


Mission Statement: The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

Vision Statement: Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.

Course

MA 311 Linear Algebra

Semester

SP 2008 HO

Faculty

McCandless, Peter

Title

Associate Professor of Mathematics

Degrees/Certificates

Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction with emphasis in math education
M.A., Mathematics
M.A., Educational Research and Psychology

Office Location

Natural Sciences Building, Room 002

Office Hours

Monday, 2:00 - 4:30 p.m.; Tuesday, 2:30 - 4:00 p.m.; Thursday, 10:00 - 11:00a.m.; 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Daytime Phone

(816) 584-6831

E-Mail

Pmccandless@mail.park.edu

Web Page

http://www.petermacshow.com

Semester Dates

January 14, 2008 - May 9, 2008

Class Days

--T-R--

Class Time

8:45 - 10:00 AM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

Matrices and Linear Transformation, Second Edition. Cullen, Charles G. Dover Publications, Inc. New York. 1972. ISBN: 0486663280

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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. PREREQUISITE: MA 211 3:0:3  

Educational Philosophy:
My goal in teaching mathematics is three-fold: to make clear mathematical concepts, to help students acquire mathematical skills, and to encourage and inspire them to continue their study of mathematics in a way that supports their goals in life. As the teacher of a course, it is my responsibility to set and maintain the standards of the course – what is to be taught and how students’ performance is to be assessed. The goals of the course are specified in a manner that affords me the flexibility to adapt to students’ needs: a careful balance must be achieved between the topics to be covered in the course of a semester and the ability of students to learn those topics. The pursuit of this balance is dynamic. I am never totally comfortable with my performance as I continually try to find a better way to achieve the same goals. The learning of mathematics is and has been a humbling experience for me. I have never pushed my mind as hard as in the pursuit of learning this wonderfully challenging subject. It is difficult in words to describe the joy of finally grasping some concept that has long eluded me, or completing a difficult proof. The frustration associated with studying mathematics can be equally severe. As a teacher of mathematics, I rely heavily on this experience. It allows me to empathize with the struggling student, yet to encourage him or her, demanding performance just a little beyond what is often comfortable. It convinces me that many, many students never achieve their potential. For me, teaching this subject embodies four roles that I thoroughly enjoy integrating: coach (the encourager); parent (the demander); friend (the sustainer); and instructor (the clarifier). As a teacher of mathematics, I am challenged to provide the highest quality instruction I can for students from all backgrounds. My ultimate goal for each student is to find the experience of taking a course from me to be enriching in one way or another, regardless of their final grade.  

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:
There will be homework assignments, quizzes, and a final exam.

Grading:
Though there will be homework problems assigned, these will not be collected or graded. There will be 5 - 10 quizzes throughout the semester. Quizzes will not be given in class. You will pick one up from me or in the Testing Center. There will be multiple forms of each quiz. You will have four attempts to pass each quiz. Passing a quiz on the first attempt earns a 4; passing one the second attempt earns a 3; on the third attempt, a 2; and if four attempts are required, a 1. Your grade will be determined by the better of your quiz score average or your final exam score. In other words, the final exam score cannot lower the grade of your quiz score average. A quiz score average of 3.5 or better results in an A . A quiz score average of 3.0 - 3.49 results in a B. A quiz score of 2.0 - 2.99 results in a C. A quiz score or 1.0 -1.99 results in a D. A score of 90% or better on the final exam results in an A; 80% - 89% results in a B; 70 - 79% results in a C; and 60% - 69% results in a D.

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Each homework assignment must be turned in on the due date announced. Late homework will not be accepted, except under an extreme situation. Similarly, tests must be taken on the date they are given in class. If the instructor determines that an extreme situation prevented the student from turning in a homework assignment on time or from taking a test, the student may be given additional time or allowed to make up a missed test; it is not automatic, however. In all such cases, the instructor’s decision on whatever allowance, if any, is to be given, is final.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Cellular phones, beepers, and other communication devices are not to be used in class. Disruptive behavior (as deemed by the instructor) such as loud talking, snoring, sleeping, coming to class late, leaving class early (except in emergencies) will not be tolerated. Multiple disruptions over the semester will lead to withdrawal of the student from the class by the instructor.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Chapters 1 - 5 with some parts of Chapter 9.

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:
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

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .

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