This is the course-wide webpage with common guidelines for all learning sections. Please consult your section webpage (below) for additional information.

Students waiting to enroll in the course should regularly check SPIRE to see if a slot in the desired section opens. If an override is still needed, please contact the course chair Rob Kusner profkusner@gmail.com with the following information: (1) sections of the course which conflict with other courses on your academic schedule, and (2) your desired section of the course. (Unfortunately, in order to keep the sections balanced, we cannot guarantee that you will be assigned to your desired section.)

Math 235 is an introductory course on linear algebra, covering systems of linear equations, matrices, linear maps, determinants, vector spaces, eigenvalues and eigenvectors, and orthogonality.

The schedule below gives the topics from the course text to be covered each week (this a guideline which may be modified by your instructor as necessary):

1/23-1/27: 1.1 Systems of linear equations; 1.2 Row reduction and echelon forms; 1.3 Vector equations.1/30-2/03: 1.3 (continued); 1.4 The matrix equation AX=B; 1.5 Solution sets of linear systems.

2/06-2/10: 1.7 Linear independence; 1.8 Introduction to linear maps.

2/13-2/17: 1.9 The matrix of a linear map; 2.1 Matrix operations.

2/20-2/24: 2.2 The inverse of a matrix; 2.3 Characterizations of invertible matrices.

2/27-3/03: 3.1 Introduction to determinants; 3.2 Properties of determinants.

3/06-3/10: 3.2 (continued); 3.3 Cramer's rule, volume and linear maps; 4.1 Vector spaces and subspaces.

3/13-3/17: Spring Break!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

3/20-3/24: 4.2 Null space (kernel), column space (image) and linear maps; 4.3 Linearly independent sets and bases.

3/27-3/31: 4.4 Coordinate systems; 4.5 The dimension of a vector space.

4/03-4/08: 4.6 Rank; 5.1 Eigenvectors, eigenvalues and eigenspaces.

4/10-4/14: 5.1 (continued); 5.2 The characteristic equation.

4/17-4/21: 5.3 Diagonalization; 5.5 Complex eigenvalues.

4/24-4/28: 6.1 Inner product, Length and orthogonality; 6.2 Orthogonal sets.

5/01-5/05: 6.3 Orthogonal projection; 6.4 The Gram-Schmidt process; 6.5 Least squares (if time permits).

235.1: Jacob Matherne, MWF 1:25PM-2:15PM

235.2: Ava Mauro, MWF 11:15AM-12:05PM

235.3: Rob Kusner, TuTh 11:30AM-12:45PM

235.4: Jacob Matherne, MWF 12:20PM-1:10PM

235.6: R. Inanc Baykur, TuTh 2:30PM-3:45PM

235.7: Rob Kusner, TuTh 1:00PM-2:15PM

235.8: Yaping Yang, TuTh 10:00AM-11:15AM

235.9: Tetsuya Nakamura, TuTh 8:30AM-9:45AM

235.10: Ben Johnson, TuTh 1:00PM-2:15PM

The course text is *Linear Algebra and its Applications* (5th
edition) by David Lay, Steven Lay & Judi McDonald.

MyMathLab is required for this course. An electronic copy of the
textbook is included in your purchase of MyMathLab.

Go to
www.mymathlab.com and
use the Course ID for your learning section (provided by your section's
instructor).

On-line homework and quizzes will be assigned through MyMathLab by your instructor. Here are suggestions from Pearson for getting started with MyMathLab.

There will be two midterm exams and a final exam. Past exams are available here.

You are allowed one 8.5" x 11" sheet of notes (both sides, in your own handwriting).
Calculators and the textbook are *not* allowed on the exams.
You should bring your student ID (UCard) to each exam.

If you have a documented conflict for one of the exams, in order to
take the make-up exam you must give your instructor and the course
chair Rob
Kusner profkusner@gmail.com
at least one week's written notice for a midterm exam and at least two
weeks' written notice for the final exam. Your instructor and the
course chair will evaluate your request and you instructor will
arrange for the make-up. Other make-up exams (for example due to
medical emergencies) will be handled directly by your section
instructor. Make-up exams will *not* be given to accommodate
travel plans.

The first midterm is scheduled for 7-9PM on Tuesday 3/07/17 at the following locations:

• Matherne, 235.01 & 235.04: Goessmann 20 & 64

• Mauro, 235.02: ILC 331

• Kusner, 235.03 & 235.07: Hasbrouck 124 & 126

• Baykur, 235.06: Hasbrouck 134

• Yang, 235.08:

• Nakamura & Johnson, 235.09 & 236.10: ELab 119

Also, an ** extra-time session ** (for those with contracts or documented
conflicts pre-cleared with your instructor) is scheduled to take place:

• 5-9PM on Tuesday 3/07/17 in LGRT 202

The topics for the first midterm may include the following sections of the textbook: 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.7, 1.8, 1.9, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3.

Please work through all the True/False-with-justification problems at the end of Chapters 1 & 2 before the exam.

The second midterm is scheduled for 7-9PM on Tuesday
4/11/17 at the following locations:

• Matherne, 235.01 & 235.04: Goessmann 20 & 64

• Mauro, 235.02: ILC 131

• Kusner, 235.03 & 235.07: Hasbrouck 126 & 134

• Baykur, 235.06: Hasbrouck 124

• Yang, 235.08: ILC 331

• Nakamura & Johnson, 235.09 & 236.10: ELab 119

Again, an ** extra-time session ** (for those with contracts or documented
conflicts pre-cleared with your instructor) is scheduled to take place:

• 5-9PM on Tuesday 4/11/17 in LGRT 202

The topics for the second midterm may include the following sections of the textbook: 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5.

Please work through all the True/False-with-justification problems at the end of Chapters 3 & 4 before the exam.

The final exam is scheduled for 10:30AM-12:30PM on Monday 5/08/17 in
the Boyden Gym.

** !!!!!!!!THERE WILL BE NO MAKE-UP/EXTRA-TIME
SESSION!!!!!!!! **

They require a week advanced notice, so you must contact them BEFORE Monday 5/01/17

The topics for the final exam may include the following sections of the textbook: 4.5, 4.6, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 6.1, 6.2.

Please work through all the True/False-with-justification problems at the end of Chapters 5 & 6 before the exam.

Please remember: you are allowed one 8.5" x 11" sheet of notes (both sides, in your own handwriting) for the final exam;
calculators and the textbook are *not* allowed;
and you should bring your student ID (UCard).

The four course assessments are equally weighted (25% each): Midterm I; Midterm II; Final exam; Homework, quizzes and class participation (determined by your section instructor).

Course grades correlate to overall course percentages roughly as follows:A : 90-100

A-: 86-89

B+: 82-85

B : 76-81

B-: 72-75

C+: 68-71

C : 62-67

C-: 58-61

D+: 54-57

D : 48-53

F : Below 48

UMass Amherst is committed to providing an equal educational
opportunity for all students. A student with a documented physical,
psychological, or learning disability on file with Disability Services
may be eligible for academic accommodations to help them succeed in
this course. If you have a documented disability that requires an
accommodation, **please notify your instructor during the first two
weeks of the semester** so that we can make appropriate arrangements.
It is also **your responsibility** to notify Disability Services (normally at least one week in advance) if you wish to take an exam there.