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Linear Algebra

Course Details

Course Number
3833
Section Number
3833
Semester
Spring 2016
Location
Bolin Hall
Classroom Number
314
Days & Times

MWF 8:00--8:50 AM

Professor
Sarah Cobb (view Profile)

Textbooks

Linear Algebra: A Matrix Approach
ISBN:
Course Objectives

Vector spaces, linear equations and matrices, linear transformations and matrices, determinants, polynomials and matrices. Each student must have a calculator with matrix capabilities. 

Course Expectations

Homework: Recommended problems will be assigned from each section, but not collected. You are expected to study each section before the next class period and be prepared to build on it.

Quizzes: About ten quizzes will be given over the course of the semester. Your lowest quiz score will be dropped when computing your final grade. No make-up quizzes will be given.

Exams: There will be three midterms exams, given February 26, April 8, and May 4, in class. If you must miss an exam, please let me know at least one week ahead of time and arrange to take the exam early.
The final is
Wednesday, May 11, 8:00–10:00 AM and cannot be taken early or late for anything but the most dire emergencies. 

 

Grading Standards

Your grade will be computed based on exams and quizzes:
Quizzes 20%
Midterm exams 45%
Final exam 35%

Your final grade will be based on the percentage attained:
A:  at least 85%
B:  75–85%
C:  65–75%
D: 55–65%
F: Less than 55% 

 

Final Exam 05/11/2016 8:00 AM
Submission Format Policy Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.
Late Paper Policy

No late work will be accepted.

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor

All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

You are responsible for mastering the material covered in every class; the best way to do this is by being in class. If you must miss class, make sure you talk to a classmate about what you missed. 

 

Other Policies

Computers: I do not allow the use of computers in the classroom. This includes laptops, cell phones, tablets, and other similar devices. Students using such devices will be asked to leave the class. If this policy is a serious problem for you, please talk to me. (Calculators, of course, are allowed.)

Classroom Behavior: Please be respectful in the classroom. Anyone disrupting class will be asked to leave.

Academic Misconduct: Cheating on any work in this course will result in no credit for that work. Egregious or repeated incidents may result in more serious consequences, including a failing grade in the course or dismissal from your academic program. All incidents of academic misconduct will be reported as specified in your student handbook.

Changes: Parts of this syllabus may alter in the course of the semester. Whenever possible, I will both announce this in class and send an email. You are responsible for knowing everything I email to your university mailing address as well as everything I say in class. If it is unavoidable that you miss class, make sure you talk to someone who was there.

Office hours: I have scheduled office hours each week, listed above, during which you are welcome with or without an appointment. If your schedule conflicts with these, send me an email and we can set up another time. Please feel free to come and ask any questions about the material, mathematics, your grade, or anything else.

Communicating with me: The best way to reach me is by email (my address is on page 1). I will generally respond to email within 24 to 48 hours. I will also be in my office during my office hours and often at other times; you should feel free to drop by. Any communication not in writing or by email should be considered unofficial.

ADA statement: The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this leg- islation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommo- dation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140. 

 
Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at https://mwsu.edu/academics/wpr, or call 397-4131.

Campus Carry

Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature allows licensed handgun holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, effective August 1, 2016. Areas excluded from concealed carry are appropriately marked, in accordance with state law. For more information regarding campus carry, please refer to the University’s webpage at https://mwsu.edu/campus-carry/rules-policies.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact MSU Chief of Police Patrick Coggins at patrick.coggins@mwsu.edu.