|4||Charles (Matt) Evans||WH-380||evans||MWF:11:20-12:50||LH-12|
(*): Each email address in this table is of the form email@example.com but that should happen automatically if you just click on the link.
If a section has its own detailed syllabus webpage, a link to that page will be provided under the Instructor column of the table above.
Below is a partial syllabus with information for all sections that you should know. Your instructor may have a more detailed syllabus about how your section will be run.
``Linear Algebra” by Jim Hefferon, Third Edition, available as a free download here:
Students can also buy a cheap printed version from the link on the author's website.
Here are also some additional books that students and instructors may find helpful.
Only the Final Exam will be common to all sections, but we expect each section will administer other exams on the same day, three times during the semester, as follows:
Exam 1: February 17
Exam 2: March 18
Exam 3: April 22
Final Exam: TBA Common for all Sections.
The course total will be determined as follows:
Quizzes: 20% (the number and scope to be determined by your instructor)
Exam 1, 2, and 3: 15% each
Final Exam: 30%
The general grade cutoffs are going to be the following:
90% A; 80% B; 70% C; 60% D; and proportional cutoffs for A-,B+,B-,C+, and C-.
These cutoffs may be relaxed at the end of the semester, and may also differ a bit from section to section.
Additionally, the following one-letter-grade rule will apply: the grade in the course cannot exceed the grade on the final examination by more than one letter grade. For example, if you get a grade of B- on the final, the highest grade you can get in the course is A-. Note that the rule only works one way: even if you get an A on the final, you may still, theoretically, fail the course. The purpose of this rule is to bring some uniformity to the grading, considering that each section will have their own exams, quizzes, and cutoffs.
Online homework will be done using WebWork. The server address is
Your WebWork account username is the pre@ portion of your binghamton.edu e-mail account. Your initial password is the same as the username. For example, if your Binghamton e-mail account is firstname.lastname@example.org then your username: xyzw77 and your password: xyzw77
Make sure to change your password as soon as possible to a secure password, and save that choice where it will not be lost.
Besides the online homework sets, you should do problems from the book, as selected by your instructor, see an approximate schedule below. This part of the homework will not be graded, but it will be paramount to your success in the course.
This class is scheduled to meet three times per week for 90 minutes each time. In addition to attending all classes, you should expect to need 8 to 10 hours per week outside of the class meetings to study the material and do homework.
During classes all students are expected to behave according to university rules. Your instructor makes the final decisions about what to allow in the classroom, regarding in particular cell phone and laptop use, and food and beverage consumption. If you have any temporary of permanent needs that may necessitate an exception, it is your responsibility to discuss the matter with your instructor in advance.
If you have a disability for which you are or may be requesting an accommodation, please contact both your instructor and the Services for Students with Disabilities office (119 University Union, 607-777-2686) as early in the term as possible.
January 22 First Day of Classes: After meeting your instructor you should have been given this webpage address to check for the syllabus and instructions. Step 1: Read the entire syllabus, including the detailed syllabus for your section. Step 2: Set up your WebWork account for doing homework assignments. Step 3: Attend all classes and keep up with all homework corresponding to your section lectures.
Unless otherwise specified, the Text is the Jim Hefferon's book and the exercises are from there, in the format “Chapter:Section.Subsection.ProblemNumber”. It is subject to change and adjustment at your instructor's discretion. NOTE: The Problems are for practice only and are not to be turned in. There will be separate weekly GRADED HOMEWORK through WebWork. Many of the examination problems will be similar to these practice problems and/or the WebWork problems.
|1||Jan 22, 24||Introduction, preview, examples; linear combination||Ch. 1, I.1||1:I.1.17,1.19,1.21|
|Gaussian elimination (reduction)||Ch. 1, I.1||1:I.1.22,24,27,32|
|2||Jan 27-31||(Augmented) matrix of a system, solution set||Ch. 1, I.2||1:I.2.15,16,17,18,20,23|
|Logical statements, basic constructions, quantifiers||A-1, A-2|
|Induction (informal), sets, functions||A-3, A-4|
|3||Feb 3-7||Homogeneous and non-homogeneous systems (no formal induction in Lemma 3.6)||Ch. 1, I.3||1:I.3.15,17,18,20,21,24|
|Points, vectors, lines, planes||Ch. 1, II.1||1:II.1.1,2,3,4,7|
|Distance, dot product, angles, Cauchy-Schwarz and Triangle Inequalities||Ch. 1, II.2||1:II.2.11,12,14,16,17,21,22|
|4||Feb 10-14||Gauss-Jordan reduction, reduced row echelon form||Ch. 1, III.1||1:III.1.8,9,10,12,13,14,15|
|Linear combination lemma, uniqueness of RREF (skip proofs of 2.5, 2.6)||Ch. 1, III.2||1:III.2.11,14,20,21,24|
|Review for Examination 1||Ch. 1; Appendix||Link to samples will appear here|
|5||Feb 17-21||Examination 1||Jan 22 – Feb 14|
|Matrix operations, including the transpose. Linear system as a matrix equation||Matthews 2.1||3:III.1.12,13,14,15|
|Linear maps (transformations) given by matrices||Matthews 2.2||3:III.2.15,16,17,19|
|6||Feb 24-28||Vector spaces: definition, examples||Ch. 2, I.1||2:I.1.17,18,19,21,22,29,30|
|Subspaces. Span||Ch. 2, I.2||2:I.2.20,21,23,25,29,44|
|Linear independence||Ch. 2, II.1||2:II.1.20,21,24,27|
|7||Mar 2,4||Properties of linear independence||Ch. 2, II.1||2:II.1.28,29,31,32|
|Basis of a vector space||Ch. 2, III.1||2:III.1.18,19,20,21,22,23,24,28,29,32|
|–||Mar 6||No class||Winter Break|
|8||Mar 9-13||Dimension of a vector space||Ch. 2, III.2||2:III.2.16,17,18,19,22,23,26,29|
|Column space, row space, rank||Ch. 2, III.3||2:III.3.17,18,19,20,21,23,29,32,39|
|Range space and null space||Ch. 3, II.2||3:II.2.21,23,24,26,31,35|
|9||Mar 16-20||Review for Examination 2||Link to samples will appear here|
|Examination 2||Feb 19 – Mar 16|
|Invertible matrices: definition, equivalent conditions; inverse matrix||Ch.3, IV.4||3:IV.4.13,14,15,16,17,18,19,26,29|
|10||Mar 23-27||Elementary matrices. Row reduction using elementary matrices||Ch. 3, IV.3; CDTW Ch. 2, 2.3||3:IV.3.24,25,34; more problems will be posted here|
|Determinant of a matrix, properties||Ch. 4, I.1, I.2||4:I.1.1,3,4,6,9; 4:I.2.8,9,12,13,15,18|
|Linear maps (transformations) between general vector spaces||Ch. 3, II.1||3:II.1.18,19,20,25,26,28|
|11||Mar 30-Apr 3||Matrix of a linear transformation, matrix of the composition, inverse||Ch. 3, III.1, IV.2||3:III.1.12,14,15,18,19,20,21,22,26,29; more problems will be posted here|
|Change of basis, similar matrices||Ch. 3, V.1, V.2; Ch. 4, I.1||3:V.1.7,9,10,11; 4:I.1.5,8,11,13,14|
|–||Apr 4-12||No Class||Spring Break|
|12||Apr 13-17||Complex numbers||Matthews 5.1–5.6||Matthews 5.8.1,2,5,6,7,9|
|Eigenvectors, eigenvalues, eigenspaces for matrices and linear operators. Characteristic polynomial||Matthews 6.1, 6.2; Ch. 5, II.3||5:II.3.23,26,27,28,29,30,33|
|Diagonalizable matrices||Ch. 5, II.2, II.3||5:II.3.21,32,35,40,41,44|
|13||Apr 20-24||Review for Examination 3||Link to samples will appear here|
|Examination 3||Mar 20 – Apr 20|
|Orthogonal and orthonormal bases of $R^n$ and its subspaces; orthogonal matrices||Ch. 3, VI.1, VI.2||3:VI.1.6,7,17,19; 3:VI.2,10,11,12; more problems will be posted here|
|14||Apr 27-May 1||Orthogonal complement of a subspace, orthogonal projection||Ch. 3, VI.3||3:VI.3.11,12,13,14,26,27|
|Gram-Schmidt process; orthogonal diagonalization of matrices||Ch. 3, VI.2||3:VI.2,13,15,17,18,19,22; more problems will be posted here|
|Review for the Final Examination|
|15||May 4||Review for the Final Examination||Link to samples will appear here|
|16||–||–||Cumulative Final Exam - see schedule|