EMAIL: psacks@iastate.edu PHONE: 2948143
OFFICE HOURS: Monday and Tuesday 1112, Wednesday and Friday 2 3, or by appointment
CLASS WEB PAGE: orion.math.iastate.edu/psacks/classes/m207/math207.html
TEXTBOOK: Linear Algebra and its Applications, 5th ed. by D.C. Lay, S. R. Lay and J. J. McDonald
COURSE PREREQUISITES: Two semesters of calculus
COURSE
OBJECTIVES:
The course is all about methods for understanding the properties of
solutions of linear systems of equations and related problems involving
matrix relationships, and techniques for
calculating solutions. The emphasis in this course is on methods and
techniques  MATH 317 covers many of the same topics but with emphasis
on the underlying theory. A detailed listing of textbook sections to
be covered and course
objectives is given here.
MAIN COURSE CONTENT:
Three inclass exams  20% of grade each  
Homework  10% of grade  
Quizzes 
10% of grade 

Final Exam  20% of grade 
QUIZZES:
There will be ten quizzes given, each taking up about the last 1015
minutes of class, on the Friday of each week except the first and last
week and the exam weeks. The lowest two of
these ten scores will be dropped.
EXAMS:
There will be three midterm exams taking place
during the regular class periods on the Friday of weeks 5, 9 and 14,
that is to say, February 15, March 15 and April 26. Exam problems
will be similar to homework problems.
I will clarify a week
or so ahead of time exactly what
topics will be covered on each exam. Policies concerning makeup exams
will follow the general Mathematics
department guidelines. Time and place for the final exam will
be announced when available.
CLASS ATTENDANCE: Although attendance will not be taken, regular attendance is normally a prerequisite for success. Office hours are for those of you who need additional help beyond that given in the class; they are not substitutes for class.
DEAD WEEK (April 29May 3): The last one or two of the daily homework assignments will come due during this week.
CALCULATORS: Calculators are allowed, but not required, on quizzes and exams unless otherwise stated. During quizzes and exams you may not use a calculator which is also a communications device. Calculators are meant as a convenience for the routine aspects of problem solving, but not as a replacement for the understanding of the concepts and methods which make up this course. As in any other mathematics course you should expect to have to demonstrate your competence by showing your work.
ELECTRONIC DEVICES: Cell phones and other communications devices should be turned off during class time. In the event that a student needs to keep his/her cell phone on for an emergency, please exercise suitable discretion to avoid disrupting the class. During class time, laptop computers or tablets should only be used for class appropriate purposes.
ACADEMIC HONESTY: Academic dishonesty is very serious. Any case of cheating, plagiarism, etc, will be handled as described in the Student Disciplinary Regulations.
OTHER RESOURCES: Course information and announcements can be found via Canvas where you can also keep track of your grades.