Dr. Sarah J. Greenwald
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Topics and Objectives
Material is covered very quickly.
Do plenty of exercises, more than those that are assigned.
Plan to spend at least 1.5-2 hours outside of class for each
credit hour in class.
Attendance and participation are expected and required.
Please try to be punctual in attending, as I try to start each class on time.
If you must be late to a class, or must leave early,
then do still attend, although
you can expect that the portion of the class that you miss will be deducted
from your attendance allowance.
Attendance is required at ALL lecture and lab periods.
You are responsible for all material covered and all announcements
and assignments made at each class, whether
you are present or not. You are also responsible for announcements
made on the web pages, so check them often.
Certain homework or assignments will require use of a computer with
web access and Maple, as
this is a computer intensive designated course.
When writing up work, be sure to give acknowledgment where it is due.
Submitting someone else's work as your own (PLAGIARISM) is a serious
violation of the University's Academic Integrity Code.
A beginning linear algebra student may feel overwhelmed by the large
number of definitions to master. To help keep track of and review
these definitions, see p. 483-489 of the LAMP book. Highlight
each new term as you encounter it and study your "vocabulary list"
regularly. Another useful reference is the list of Theorems
on p. 490-496 of LAMP.
Asking questions, and explaining things to others, in or out of class,
is one of the best ways to improve your understanding of the material.
This course is to be an environment in which everyone
feels comfortable asking questions,
making mistakes, offering good guesses and ideas, and is respectful to
You should explore each problem
and write out your
thinking in a way that can be shared with others.
Focus on your own ideas.
Turn in projects or prepare to present problems
even if it they are not complete, even if only to say, "I do not
understand such and such" or "I am stuck here."
Be as specific as possible. Conjecture.
In this course, you will be challenged with problems that you have never
seen before. I do not expect you to be able to solve all the issues
immediately. Instead, I want to see what you can do on your own.
Out in the real world, this is important, since no matter what job
you have, you will be expected to seek out information and answers
to new topics you have not seen before.
This may feel uncomfortable and frustrating. I understand this
and want to help you through the process.
It helps to remember that
there are no mathematical dead-ends!
Each time we get stuck, it teaches us
something about the problem we are working on, and leads us to a
deeper understanding of the mathematics.
In the real world though, you are not expected to face your work alone.
You will be allowed to talk to other people
may even be expected to work with other people.
In this class, you are also not expected to face your work alone.
I encourage you to talk to me often in class, office hours,
and the bulletin board,
and group work will also be encouraged.
I am always happy to help you in class, during office hours (or by
appointment), or on the WebCT bulletin board, and will
try to give you hints and direction.
At times though, to encourage the exploration process,
I may direct you to rethink a problem
and to come back to discuss it with me again afterwards. This occurs
when I believe that the struggle to understand is imperative for your
deep understanding of the material.