Math 323 (Sections 501, 502) -- Fall 2012

Linear Algebra

MWF 11:30-12:20 Section 501 and MWF 12:40-1:30 Section 502
BLOC 161

Course Description:

This is an introductory course in linear algebra covering abstract ideas of vector space and linear transformation as well as models and applications of these concepts, such as systems of linear equations, matrices and determinants.

Course Information:

Instructor: Dr. Matthew Young

Office Hours: Monday 10:20-11:20, 3:00-4:00, Friday 2:00-3:00.

Office: 225 Milner

E-mail: myoung (at) math dot tamu d0t edu

Textbook: The required textbook is Linear Algebra with applications (8th edition), by Steven J. Leon, Pearson Prentice Hall ISBN 9780136009290

Course Syllabus: The course covers approximately chapters 1-6 of the text.

Computational Aids: None should be necessary, but calculators without graphing, programming, or linear algebra capabilities will be allowed on exams.

Prerequisites: MATH 148, MATH 152 or MATH 172; MATH 220; junior or senior classification or approval of instructor. Credit will not be given for more than one of MATH 304, MATH 309, MATH 311 and MATH 323.

Course Webpage: /~myoung/classes/323fall2012.html

Exam Schedule:

There will be 2 in-class exams during the semester, as well as a cumulative final exam. The dates and times are listed below.

Exam 1

Exam 2

Final Exam


Wednesday, September 26

Wednesday, October 31

10:30-12:30, Wed December 12 for Section 501;
10:30-12:30, Mon December 10 for Section 502


In class

In class

In class


Your final grade will be determined by the total number of points obtained on exams and homework. Out of 450 total points, each component contributes to your grade as follows:





Exam 1


Exam 2


Final Exam


The following grade distribution will be used in determining final course grades:


Percentage of Total Points












Homework will be collected once per week for a grade. Homework assignments will be sent to your email address.

Course Policies:

Missed Work: Making up missed work (including missed exams, quizzes, and homework) will be arranged according to University policies only. A university approved excuse must be provided to the instructor in writing (e-mail is sufficient) within 1 working day for exams and within 2 working days for other work.

Academic Dishonesty:

“An Aggie does not lie, cheat, or steal or tolerate those who do.”

It is not permissible to hand in the work of others for a grade, including work on exams, quizzes, and homework. You are allowed to discuss homework with others, but your write-ups are expected to be done on your own and in your own words. Copying the work of others will be prosecuted to the full extent possible under University policies.

Cheating during an exam will be sanctioned by assigning 0 points on the exam. Further action will be taken in agreement with Texas A&M University Student Rules on Academic Honesty and the Aggie Honor System Code.

Disability Assistance:

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 Department of Student Life, Disability Services Office, in Room B118 of Cain Hall or call 845-1637. Their website is If you believe you have a disability requiring accomodation, you should contact this office several weeks in advance of an exam or assignment.

Copyright information: All printed handouts and web-materials are protected by US Copyright Laws. No multiple copies can be made without written permission by the instructor.

Contact information: Course announcements may occasionally be made via e-mail (e.g. in case of a change to office hours or to correct potential errors in homework problem sets).  Students should regularly check their Neo e-mail accounts.

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