MA311 Linear Algebra

for U1AA 2010

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MA311 Linear Algebra


U1AA 2010 LC


Ottum, Joseph A.

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Class Time

4:45 - 7:25 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

Educational Philosophy:
The facilitator’s educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, quizzes, dialogues, examinations, internet, videos, web sites and writings. The facilitator will engage each learner in what is referred to as disputatious learning to encourage the lively exploration of ideas, issues and contradictions.

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:
Projects, Assignments, Final Examination


Project 1                  12 Points                        A:  76 - 84 Points
Project 2                  12 Points                        B:  71 - 75 Points
Project (Optional)    12 Points                        C:  67 - 74 Points
Assignments             24 Points                        D:  59 - 66 Points 
Final Examination     36 Points                        F:     0 - 58 Points

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Assignments should be turned in on the specified due date.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students are expected to participate fully in class learning activities.  Phones and beepers are to be placed on “vibrate” or turned off.  Students are required to exercise courteous behavior between themselves and with the instructor.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:


Week Sections Assignments
1 1.1-4 1.1:7,11,19-22,25 ,33 1.2:1-13e,23,27,33
1.3:11,13,17,21,25,26 1.4:3-15e,17,19,27,28,31,32
2 1.5, 7-9 1.5:1-13e,29-34 1.7:9-17o,20,23-31e
1.8:17-20,25,31 1.9:25-28,31-34
3 2.1-3, 3.1 2.1:13,17-25o 2.2:11-21o,24,35
2.3:15-23o 3.1:1-14e,33-36
4 3.2, 4.1-3 3.2:7-13o,21,25 4.1:1-17o,23,24
4.2:3-16,17-26 4.3:1-6,9,15,21-25
5 4.4-7 4.4:1,3,5,11,13,25,27 4.5:11-19o
4.6:1-3,5-13e 4.7:7,9,13,17,18
6 5.1-5.3, 6.1 5.1:9-13o,21 5.2:1-13e
5.3:1,3,7,11,18 6.1:5-17o,24
7 6.2-6.5 6.2:5-17o,14 6.3:3-11o,13-14,19,20
6.4:3-13o 6.5:3-11o,19,22
8 Final e =Every Other Odd o = Every Odd

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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

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