MATHEMATICS 5101, AU 2013 section at 4:10 p.m.
Instructor:    Dr. Rodica D. Costin
Email: costin.10
web page:
Office: 436 Math Tower
Office hours:  WF 11:20-12:20 until Sept 1st,
                       WF 1:30-2:30 p.m. after that, or by appointment.

Prerequisites: Basic matrix algebra (as e.g. in Math 2568 or 2174)

Typed lecture notes will be posted on the web page.

Recommended books: 

L.W. Johnson, R.D. Riess, Introduction to Linear Algebra
G. Strang, Linear Algebra and Its Applications (4th edition)

One homework set every week, generally posted on the web page each Friday and due the following Friday at the beginning of the class.

One midterm exam in class sometime in the first three weeks of October. You can bring one page with your own notes (regular size paper, can be written on both sides).
One take-home cummulative final exam.

Team work: YES for homework, NO for the exams.
  For each homework assignment, collaboration is allowed, even encouraged (up to three students per team). The team should submit only one write-up, signed by all members of the team. Teams must vary from week to week (no same team composition during four consecutive weeks).
  The EXAMS ARE INDIVIDUAL, and any collaboration is strictly prohibited.

Homework policy:
Each assignment will be graded for mathematical correctness AND PRESENTATION. Points will be deducted for sloppiness, incomprehensible or insufficient explanation, or for lack of supporting arguments. The solutions should be presented so that your fellow students could read them and follow both the calculations and logic.

Grading policy:
Each assignment will be worth approximately 50 possible points, the midterm exam is worth 100 points and the Final Exam will be worth about 200 points. There is a total of about 900 points.
Late papers will not be accepted except in extreme situations with documented excuse. It is the student's responsibility to be aware of all instructions that are delivered during class, including departures from general assignments.

Use of software: You are encouraged and sometimes have to use a software package such as Maple, Mathematica, or Matlab; in fact, all routine calculations should be checked this way. If we want you to do calculations by hand, we will make it explicit. Even then, check your calculations.
When you use software, you should submit the output + explanations (what calculations you did and why). A simple solution consisting of output from, say, Maple is NOT sufficient. Use common sense here.

Disability Statement:
Students with disabilities that have been certified by the Office for Disability Services will be appropriately accommodated, and should inform the instructor as soon as possible of their needs. The Office for Disability Services is located in 150 Pomerene Hall, 1760 Neil Avenue; telephone (614) 292-3307 and VRS (614) 429-1334; webpage