Fall Semester 2021

MA 35100 Elementary Linear Algebra

  • Syllabus (pdf file) -- contains comprehsive information about how the course will be organized (below is only a summary); class participants are expected to read this.
  • Course Number: MA35100
  • Section Number: 021
  • CRN: 23344
  • Meeting Times: Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:30pm - 5:45pm EST/EDT (WL Campus time)
  • Meeting Location: REC 313
  • Instructional Modality: Face-to-Face lectures. Office hours (times below) will be held on Zoom. (Connection details are available in Brightspace .)
  • Course Credit: 3 credit hours
  • Prerequisites: Any of Undergraduate level MA 17200, MA 17400, MA 18200, MA 26100, MATH 26100, MA 26300, MA 27100, MA 27101 with a Minimum Grade of C-. Not open to students with credit in MA 26500.
  • Contact: Via email to memthomas at purdue.edu. Please use your official Purdue email. Messages MUST include MA35100 in the subject line.
  • Official Course Website
  • Brightspace -- see here (once activated) for course resources and announcements, including details of the assignment problems and information about the examinations.
  • Office Location: MA638, and (for office hours) Zoom (connection details in Brightspace ).
  • Office Hours:
    • Before Thanksgiving Break (up to November 23 2021): Wednesday 4:30-5:30pm, Thursday 2:30-3:30pm (all times EST/EDT (WL Campus time)), and by appointment.
    • After Thanksgiving Break (from November 29 2021): Monday 1-2pm, Tuesday 1:30-2:30pm, Friday 2-3pm (all times EDT (WL Campus time)). Monday 4:30-5:30pm, further TBC (all times EST/EDT (WL Campus time)), and by appointment.
    Please note that there is no recitation for this class, and lecture time will mostly be devoted to covering new material (with review time before examinations), so please be sure that your schedule allows you to come to office hours to ask questions about the course, the assignments, etc. You may also think of office hours as study time, where you can focus on the work for this class, while your fellow students and the instructor will be on hand to answer questions.
  • Textbook: R. C. Penney, Linear Algebra: Ideas and Applications, 4th Edition. (Please note: This is not the most recent edition of the textbook.) Access to the textbook is required for weekly assignments. An online version of the book is available for free through the Purdue Library at ProQuest (follow the link; click “Log in through your library" at the top; search for Purdue University; select "PURDUE UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES" from the list; log in with Purdue Career Account and BoilerKey). You can also obtain a copy of the book from the University Bookstore . Second-hand copies may be available from some other retailers or previous students.
  • Assessment methods (see Syllabus, top, for schedule and further details):
    • 25%: based on 11 written assignments with problems from the textbook, approximately weekly.
    • 40% (20% each): 2 midterm examinations.
    • 35%: final examination.

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