Dr. Sarah J. Greenwald

I am always happy to help you in office hours. An open door means that I am on the floor somewhere, so come look for me.

**
http://www.mathsci.appstate.edu/~sjg/class/2240/**
Check this for access to
the other class web pages. On web pages, an underlined phrase
means a link.
**
http://www.mathsci.appstate.edu/~sjg/class/2240/highlights.html**
**Check this after each class meeting** for daily class overviews,
and short term nightly assignments!

Dr. Sarah's MAT 1010 WebCT is accessible by password from myWebCT
http://www.webct.appstate.edu:8900/webct/public/home.pl
after following the lab 1 directions.
The Bulletin Board
is the easiest way to ask a math question outside of class and office hours.
**You are responsible for reading all posts - you should check the bulletin
board
at least twice a week.**
I prefer that you use office hours since it is easier to discuss
material in person, but if you can not make them, then the newsgroup
is a great alternative.
**I usually check the newsgroup numerous times every day including the
weekends.**

I usually check e-mail once a day during the week.
**greenwaldsj@cp.appstate.edu **
is the easiest way to
contact me outside of class, office hours and the WebCT bulletin board.

Walker Math Help Faculty and students answer questions.

*Elementary Linear Algebra*by Larson and Edwards. Houghton Mifflin 2000*Linear Algebra Modules for Interactive Learning Using Maple*by Herman- handouts - given out in class or lab or on the web
- access to a web-browser and to Maple V or VI

Matrix operations and inverses

Determinants

Vector geometry in 2 and 3 dimensions

Vector spaces, dimension, rank of a matrix

Linear transformations

Eigenvalues, eigenvectors and diagonalization

Certain homework or assignments will require use of a computer with web access and Maple, as this is a computer intensive designated course. Either you will be given some time in lab to do the assignment, or you will have at least 36 hours to complete such an assignment - enough time to access a computer from school if you do not have one at home. If, due to work or other responsibilities, you cannot access such a computer at least once every 36 hours, then you should drop out of this section.

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.

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 and you 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.