GOAL : First course in linear algebra, emphasizing
solution of linear

systems, geometry of linear transformations, eigenvalues/eigenvectors

and quadratic forms

TEXT: Howard Anton, ELEMENTARY LINEAR ALGEBRA, J.Wiley, 8th. ed. (2000)

TIME/PLACE MWF 1:25-2:15, Ayres 318

GRADING: based on quizzes (25%), three in-class exams (15% each), comprehensive final (30%)

EXAM DATES: 9/22, 10/20, 11/17 FINAL: 12/14, 8:00-10:00

Please let me know ahead of time if you can't make it
to class on those dates due to other

university activities. Starting on 9/1, there will be
a 15-min quiz every

Friday, consisting of two of the problems listed for
the sections covered that week (total of 10 quizzes).

EXPECTED GRADING SCALE: A: 85+ B: 70-84 C: 55-69 D:50-55; less than 50 (ave. or final):F

ATTENDANCE: Attendance to every class meeting is
expected. I would like to spend most of the class time

on examples and problems, so it is a good idea
to read the theory in each section before it is covered in class

(as a rule of thumb, expect 2h of study time for every
50-min lecture). Some of the problems listed for each section

will be done in class as examples; the remaining problems
should be considered homework, and will be used

in the Friday quizzes.

A solutions manual is available at the UT
bookstore; solutions manuals can

be helpful, but can also become dangerous tools.
If you do not attempt to

solve problems on your own before checking your work
, you will not learn the subject.

CALCULATORS may be used freely- in fact I hope you will
quickly become familiar

with calculator operations useful for basic linear algebra.
As a guide to what this means,

I have written the following:

GUIDE
TO BASIC LINEAR ALGEBRA FUNCTIONS (TI-85)

OUTLINE OF THE COURSE (43 class meetings)

Part I: Solution of linear systems, linear operators in Euclidean space: Ch.1,2,4

Part II: vector spaces, subspaces, bases: Ch.5

Part III: orthonormal bases, least squares, applications: 6.3-6.5,9.3, 9.4

Part IV: eigenvalues, diagonalization, similarity: Ch. 7, 8.5, 9.1

Some sections are designated "optional reading"- read
them if you have time

(they might be helpful for the rest), but they won't
be covered in class or tested in

the quizzes and exams.

POLICY ON POSTING GRADES: grades will not be posted
at all; I will leave graded

homework sets and exams in the ante-room outside
my office for ONE WEEK, then

"file" them permanently.

NEW UTK POLICY ON DROPPING COURSES: The deadline
to drop a course (with a W appearing on

the transcript) is October 3. Between October
4 and November 14, courses may be dropped with "WP" or

"WF" on the transcript ("WF" counts as an F for
GPA purposes). After November 14 it will not be possible to
drop the course.