MATHEMATICS 5102 Spring 2012, Info for the section at 9:10a.m.
Hayes Hall-039 (HA) room
Instructor: Dr. Rodica D. Costin,
Office: 436 Math Tower
Office hours: WF 1:30-2:30 p.m. or by appointment
linear algebra, multivariable calculus
Text: UM. Gerlach: Linear Mathematics in Infinite
Dimensions (Chapter 1,2,3,4,5)
...other sources will be also recommended as we go
I will also post lecture notes.
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 last three weeks of
one take-home cumulative final.
Team work: YES for
homework, NO for the exams.
• For each homework assignment, collaboration is allowed.
(To be determined: if each student must submit his/her own
solutions, or if each team (up to three students) should
submit only one write-up, signed by all members of the team.)
• The EXAMS ARE INDIVIDUAL, and any collaboration is strictly
Each assignment paper 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
Each assignment will consist of 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. So, practice with some linear algebra
software soon, and get used to working with it. All routine
calculations should be checked this way. If we want you to do hand
calculations, we will make it explicit. Even then, check your
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.
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