MA311 Linear Algebra

for F2U 2011

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MA 311 Linear Algebra


F2U 2011 LU


Simtion, Adrian P.


Adjunct Faculty

Office Location

Luke Airforce Base

Office Hours

by appointment

Daytime Phone



Class Days


Class Time

4:50 - 10:10 PM



Credit Hours



Linear Algebra and Its Applications, 3th edition, by David C. Lay
ISBN: 0-321-28713-4

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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: MA 211 or MA 221

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
- Quizzes
- Tests


- 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 expect 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 place on vibrate or turned off.
Students are required to exercise courteous behavior between themselves and the instructor.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week - I
Linear Equations in Linear Algebra
Week - II
Matrix Algebra
Week - III
Matrix Algebra/ Determinants
Chapter-2, 3
Week - IV
Vector Spaces
Review/ midterm exam
Midterm Exam [Chp. 1, 2, 3]
Week - V
Eigenvalues and Eigenvectors
Week - VI
Orthogonality and Least Squares
Symmetric Matrices and Quadratic Forms
Week - VIII
The Geometry of Vector Spaces
Review/ final exam
Final Exam [Chp. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7]

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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty ( or Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

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. from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 96

Disability Guidelines:
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