Math 0280 - Introduction to Matrices and Linear Algebra
Student Guidelines and Syllabus
About the course
The principal topics of the course include vectors, matrices, determinants, linear transformations, eigenvalues and eigenvectors, and selected applications.
Math 0220 or equivalent, with a grade of C or better.
The text for this course is Linear Algebra, A Modern Introduction, 4th Edition by David Poole.
Students who complete Math 0280 are expected to have mastered
the fundamental ideas of linear algebra and to be able to apply these ideas to a variety of
practical problems. More specifically, in Math 0280 you will be expected to:
- explore and learn the core concepts associated with systems of linear equations, manipulation
of matrices, linear transformations, orthogonality, and eigenvalues/eigenvectors;
- begin to think abstractly about certain of these topics;
- understand how these ideas can be used to solve problems and compute things.
Each week, you will be assigned some problems to write up and hand in. These
assignments will be graded and returned. In addition, you will be provided
with a list of practice problems to do, even though they will not be handed
in and graded. At the instructor's discretion there may be quizzes or written
Your course grade will be determined as follows:
Some sections may deviate slightly from this formula. Any variations will be
announced by your instructor at the beginning of the term.
- Two midterm exams: 40% (20 % each)
- Final exam: 40%
- Written assignments/quizzes/homework assignments: 20%
Calculators are NOT allowed on the quizzes, midterm examinations and the final exam.
Final Exam Policy
All sections will take a departmental final exam at a time and place
to be scheduled by the registrar. You MUST attend the final exam.
Final Grade Policy
Your course grade will not exceed your final exam grade by more than one letter
See the class schedule for the dates of the two midterm exams and the final. The room of the final exam will be announced by your instructor.
Walk in tutoring is available in the Math Assistance Center (MAC) in Room 215 of the
O'Hara Student Center. See http://www.mathematics.pitt.edu/about/math-assistance-center
Your instructor will announce the office hours.
Disability Resource Services
If you have a disability for which you are or may be requesting an
accommodation, you are encouraged to contact both your instructor and the
Office of Disability Resources and Services,
140 William Pitt Union, (412) 648-7890, DRSRECEP@PITT.EDU as early as possible in the term.
Cheating/plagiarism will not be tolerated.
Students suspected of violating the University of Pittsburgh Policy on
Academic Integrity will incur a minimum sanction of a zero score for the quiz,
exam or paper in question. Additional sanctions may be imposed, depending
on the severity of the infraction.
On homework, you may work with other students or use library resources,
but each student must write up his or her solutions independently.
Copying solutions from other students will be considered cheating,
and handled accordingly.