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Central College -Mathematics

Math 2318: Linear Algebra

CRN 59906 Summer 2015 (6153)
3 hour lecture course / 48 hours per semester/ 8 Weeks
Textbook: Linear Algebra and Its Applications
Steven Lay and Judi McDonald, 2016 Pearson Fifth Edition, ISBN-13: 978-0-321-98238-4

Instructor: Professor Sever

Instructor Contact Information:
Email: See email protocol section in Eagle Online -
Office Phone 713-718-6453
Office location and hours: By appointment (MW 11:00 12:00 Noon).
Course Description
Topics include systems of linear equations, vector spaces, matrices, linear mappings, and determinants.
Prerequisite: MATH 2413. 3 credits (3 lecture).

Course Goal
This course is intended primarily to prepare students for calculus. It can also be used for general mathematics credit.

Linear Algebra and Its Applications,
Steven Lay and Judi McDonald, 2016 Pearson Fifth Edition, ISBN-13: 978-0-321-98238-4
Note: For this course, you must purchase access to the MyMathLab software.
Please refer to my Eagle Online after 06/08/15 for information regarding textbook/software purchasing options.

Also, for this semester, the software is being provided for free.
Please do not purchase the software.
Use the MyMathLab Access code that is contained in Eagle Online.
Course Student Learning Outcomes (SLO):
1. Students will demonstrate competence with the basic ideas of linear algebra including concepts of linear systems,
independence, theory of matrices, linear transformations, bases and dimension, eigenvalues, eigenvectors and
2. Compose clear and accurate proofs using the concepts of this course.

Core Objectives
Critical Thinking Skills: to include creative thinking, innovation, inquiry, and analysis, evaluation and synthesis of

Communication Skills: to include effective development, interpretation and expression of ideas through written, oral
and visual communication.

Empirical and Quantitative Skills: to include the manipulation and analysis of numerical data or observable facts
resulting in informed conclusions.

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Learning objectives

Determine if a system of equations is consistent and find its general solution.

Row reduce a matrix to reduced echelon form.
Apply solution methods of linear system for various problems.
Solve the equation Ax = b where A is an m x n matrix and x is in n .
Write the solution set of a given homogeneous system in parametric vector form.
Determine if the columns of a given matrix form a linearly dependent set.
Understand the linear transformation defined by x Ax.
If T is a linear transformation, find the standard matrix of T.
Matrix algebra including the inverse of a matrix.
Recognize various characterizations of nonsingular matrices.
Compute the products of matrices, which are partitioned conformably.
Compute the determinant of a given matrix.
Combine row reduction and cofactor expansion to compute a given determinant.
Determine a subspace from a vector space.
Determine a null space and a column space.
Find bases for vector spaces.
Use an inverse matrix to find [x] for the given x and .
Find the dimension of the subspace spanned by the given vectors.
Given an m x n matrix, find the rank and nullity of the matrix.
Change the coordinates of a vector from a basis to a standard basis.
Find the characteristic polynomial of a given matrix.
Given a matrix and an eigenvalue, find the basis for the corresponding eigenspace.

The Course Calendar is distributed under separate cover. Please see instructor website and/or the
instructional software MyMathLab.

Instructional Methods
I am interested in teaching courses at both the developmental and college levels. At the college-level
of the community college curriculum, I am most interested in teaching Algebra, Finite Math, Linear
Algebra, Precalculus, and Calculus.
Instructional Goal Summary

I want every mathematics student with whom I come into contact to excel in his or her profession.
I want to encourage all students, and especially the students with whom I spend most of my time when
I am on campus, to cultivate and develop the necessary skills with which to face the new world (and
workplace) when they complete their degrees or program at HCC.
I want my mathematics students to be highly proficient in their field and also exhibit the highest
standards of ethical behavior.
I want my students to realize that the classroom is as relevant as the real world and to be able to use
effectively the critical thinking skills learned in my class

Finally, I want my students to enjoy the learning process, to look forward to each class meeting and to
leave the classroom at the end of the semester with a feeling of satisfaction from having learned new
and useful mathematics.

Instructor: Mr. Sever

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Student Assignments
Instructional Units
The following sections are covered in this course.
Chapter 1: Linear Equations in Linear Algebra
1.1 Systems of Linear Equations
1.2 Row Reduction and Echelon Forms
1.3 Vector Equations
1.4 The Matrix Equation Ax = b
1.5 Solution Sets of Linear Systems
1.7 Linear Independence
1.8 Introduction to Linear Transformations
1.9 The Matrix of a Linear Transformation
Chapter 2: Matrix Algebra
2.1 Matrix Operations
2.2 The Inverse of a Matrix
2.3 Characterizations of Invertible Matrices
2.8 Subspaces of Rn
2.9 Dimension and Rank
Chapter 3: Determinants
3.1 Introduction to Determinants
3.2 Properties of Determinants
Chapter 4: Vector Spaces
4.1 Vector Spaces and Subspaces
4.2 Null Spaces, Column Spaces, and Linear Transformations
4.3 Linearly Independent Sets; Bases
4.4 Coordinate Systems
4.5 The Dimension of a Vector Space
4.6 Rank
4.7 Change of Basis
Chapter 5: Eigenvalues and Eigenvectors
5.1 Eigenvectors and Eigenvalues
5.2 The Characteristic Equation
5.3 Diagonalization
5.4 Eigenvectors and Linear Transformations
5.5 Complex Eigenvalues
Chapter 7: Symmetric Matrices and Quadratic Forms
7.1 Diagonalization of Symmetric Matrices

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There will be four examinations, say T1,T2 , T3 ,& T4 . Each exam is worth 100 points. In regards to
the academic integrity of this course, some of the examinations including the Final Exam are
administered in the HCC Testing Center. Information regarding test dates and times are contained in
the Course Calendar (which is available in the instructional software). Further, the Course
Calendar indicates which examinations are scheduled in the Testing Center. In addition, please do not
share any material during an exam or quiz. Cell phone usage is strictly prohibited during testing. If you
want to use a calculator during the proctored testing, then it must conform to the Calculator Policy
See below. Calculators are not provided by the Testing Center.
Exam 1: 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.7, 1.8, 1.9
Exam 2: 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.8, 2.9, 3.1, 3.2
Exam 3: 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5, 4.6, 4.7
Exam 4: 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5, 7.1
Homework Notebook
The homework exercises for the semester are attached on a separate page. The Homework
assignments will be administered on-line using the instructional software. Your Homework grade H
will be the average of your homework assignments and is based on 100 point scale.
There will be approximately 10 12 quizzes. The quizzes will be given at the discretion of the
instructor and the majority of the quizzes will be contained in the course calendar (see MyMathLab
for the Course Calendar). Each quiz is worth 100 points. Before your Quiz Average Q is computed,
the lowest quiz score will be dropped.
Final Exam
There will be a comprehensive final examination given at the end of the semester. There will be a
comprehensive final examination given at the end of the semester. The final exam score, say FE, is
worth 100 points. Unless otherwise indicated, the final examination will be administered in a testing
center. Please refer to the Course Calendar for dates and times of the Final Exam.

The quizzes and homework assignments for this course are administered on-line and may be taken at a
location of your convenience. Pursuant to HCC Math Department policy, some of the examinations
including the Final Exam are in the HCC Testing Center. The instructional software contains the
Course Calendar (PDF file) which indicates which examinations are scheduled in the Testing Center.
Course Grade
Your course average is given by the following expression:

Course Average =

( + + + )+++

In no fashion will the course average be curved. In addition, the traditional grade scale will be
applied. That is,
90 100 A, 80 - 89 B, 70 - 79 C, 60 - 69 D, below 60 F.

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Make - Up Exams and Quizzes

There will be no make-up exams or make-up quizzes during the semester. If you miss an
examination or a quiz, then you receive a 0 for that assessment.

HCC Policy Statement - ADA

Services to Students with Disabilities
Any student with a documented disability (e.g. physical, learning, psychiatric, vision, hearing, etc.)
who needs to arrange reasonable accommodations must contact the Disability Services Office at his or
her respective college at the beginning of each semester. Faculty members are authorized to provide
only the accommodations requested by the Disability Support Services Office. Persons needing
accommodations due to a documented disability should contact the ADA counselor for their college as
soon as possible. At Central College, a student may contact the appropriate personnel by telephone at
713.718.6164. Also, interested students may wish to consult the Disability Support Services Student
Handbook which may be found online. To visit the ADA Web site, please visit then
click Future students, scroll down the page and click on the words Disability Information.

HCC Policy Statement: Academic Honesty

A student who is academically dishonest is, by definition, not showing that the coursework has been
learned, and that student is claiming an advantage not available to other students. The instructor is
responsible for measuring each student's individual achievements and also for ensuring that all
students compete on a level playing field. Thus, in our system, the instructor has teaching, grading,
and enforcement roles. You are expected to be familiar with the University's Policy on Academic
Honesty, found in the catalog. What that means is: If you are charged with an offense, pleading
ignorance of the rules will not help you. Students are responsible for conducting themselves with
honor and integrity in fulfilling course requirements. Penalties and/or disciplinary proceedings may be
initiated by College System officials against a student accused of scholastic dishonesty. Scholastic
dishonesty: includes, but is not limited to, cheating on a test, plagiarism, and collusion.
Academic Dishonesty on a test includes:
Copying from another students test paper;
Using unauthorized materials;
Collaborating with another student during a test without authorization;
Knowingly using, buying, selling, stealing, transporting, or soliciting in whole or part the
contents of a test not yet administered.
Plagiarism means the appropriation of anothers work and the unacknowledged incorporation of that
work in ones own written work offered for credit.
Collusion mean the unauthorized collaboration with another person in preparing written work offered
for credit. Possible punishments for academic dishonesty may include a grade of 0 or F in the
particular assignment, failure in the course, and/or recommendation for probation or dismissal from
the College System. (See the Student Handbook.)

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HCC Policy Statements

Class Attendance - It is important that you come to class! Attending class regularly is the best way to
succeed in this class. For complete information regarding Houston Community Colleges policies on
attendance, please refer to the Student Handbook. Class attendance (i.e., participation) is checked
routinely. Although it is your responsibility to drop a course for nonattendance, the instructor has the
authority to drop you for excessive absences. Students may be dropped from a course after
accumulating absences in excess of six (8) hours of instruction. In the online instructional mode,
missed class time is defined as not engaging the instructional software (e.g., missing assignments) for
significant periods of time.

HCC Course Withdrawal Policy

If you feel that you cannot complete this course, you will need to withdraw from the course prior to
the final date of withdrawal. Before, you withdraw from your course; please take the time to meet
with the instructor to discuss why you feel it is necessary to do so. The instructor may be able to
provide you with suggestions that would enable you to complete the course. Your success is very
important. Beginning in fall 2007, the Texas Legislature passed a law limiting first time entering
freshmen to no more than SIX total course withdrawals throughout their educational career in
obtaining a certificate and/or degree.
To help students avoid having to drop/withdraw from any class, HCC has instituted an Early Alert
process by which your professor may alert you and HCC counselors that you might fail a class
because of excessive absences and/or poor academic performance. It is your responsibility to visit
with your professor or a counselor to learn about what, if any, HCC interventions might be available to
assist you online tutoring, child care, financial aid, job placement, etc. to stay in class and improve
your academic performance.
If you plan on withdrawing from your class, you must contact a HCC counselor or your professor
prior to withdrawing (dropping) the class for approval and this must be done prior to the withdrawal
deadline to receive a W on your transcript. **Final withdrawal deadlines vary each semester and/or
depending on class length, please visit the online registration calendars, HCC schedule of classes and
catalog, any HCC Registration Office, or any HCC counselor to determine class withdrawal deadlines.
Remember to allow at least a 24-hour response time when communicating via email and/or
telephone with a professor and/or counselor. Do not submit a request to discuss withdrawal options
less than a day before the deadline. If you do not withdraw before the deadline, you will receive the
grade that you are making in the class as your final grade. For this academic term, the last day for
student withdrawals is
July 13, 2015 at 4:30 PM.
After this deadline, the registrars office will not accept a withdrawal form from either the instructor or
student; and, the student will receive a grade of A, B, C, D or F. To reiterate, it is impossible
for the instructor to withdraw any student after the official withdrawal deadline.

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Repeat Course Fee

The State of Texas encourages students to complete college without having to repeat failed classes.
To increase student success, students who repeat the same course more than twice, are required to pay
extra tuition. The purpose of this extra tuition fee is to encourage students to pass their courses and to
graduate. Effective fall 2006, HCC will charge a higher tuition rate to students registering the third or
subsequent time for a course. If you are considering course withdrawal because you are not earning
passing grades, confer with your instructor/counselor as early as possible about your study habits,
reading and writing homework, test taking skills, attendance, course participation, and opportunities
for tutoring or other assistance that might be available.

Classroom Behavior
See Student Handbook and the DE Student Handbook.

Use of Camera and/or Recording Devices

As a student active in the learning community of this course, it is your responsibility to be respectful
of the learning atmosphere in your classroom. To show respect of your fellow students and instructor,
you will turn off your phone and other electronic devices, and will not use these devices in the
classroom unless you receive permission from the instructor. Use of recording devices, including
camera phones and tape recorders, is prohibited in classrooms, laboratories, faculty offices, and other
locations where instruction, tutoring, or testing occurs. Students with disabilities who need to use a
recording device as a reasonable accommodation should contact the Office for Students with
Disabilities for information regarding reasonable accommodations.

Instructor Requirements
In this course, we will be using an online resource called MyMathLab. Except for emailing your
instructor, we will not be using Eagle Online. Eagle Online is a course shell that contains a few
documents (such as this syllabus) that direct you to MyMathLab. Our instructional software
MyMathLab is available on any computer that has internet access (you may have to perform a one
time only install of several plug-ins). If you bought a new textbook, then you should have received an
envelope (labeled Student Access Kit) with instructions on how to register and a personal access code.
If you bought a used book and did not receive a Student Access Kit you must purchase one separately
at the bookstore or online at
Follow the instructions in the packet to enroll in the software at, and, when
the program asks for your Course ID, type in sever11293. Youll also need to know the zip code of
the college which is 77004. When you get to the main page for the course, click on the installation
wizard menu button first to make sure you have certain plug-ins that will be needed. I encourage you
to explore the site! You will quickly see that you can do homework assignments, take practice
tests (these will just be practice chapter exams), check out your MyMathLab grades on the Grade
Book, view an online version of the book and look at multimedia resources such as on-line video clips,
PowerPoint presentations, all in multimedia library.

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Textbook Options
Please note that the MyMathLab software contains an e-version of the textbook (i.e., e-book). Thus, if
desired, you do not need to purchase a physical copy of the textbook.

It is your decision to either

a) purchase the MyMathLab software only (and use the e-book), or
b) purchase the MyMathLab software and but the physical textbook.
Once again, it is important to note that you must have MyMathLab access for this course.

Also, for this semester, the software is being provided for free.
Please do not purchase the software.
Use the MyMathLab Access code that is contained in Eagle Online.
Syllabus Policy
Students are expected and required to read and understand the policies contained in this syllabus. Any
questions concerning the syllabus must be brought to the instructors attention no later than 06/09/15.
In particular, any errors are subject to correction.

Testing Center Protocols

The quizzes and homework assignments for this course are administered on-line and may be taken at a location
of your convenience. In regards to the academic integrity of this course, some of the examinations
including the Final Exam are administered online at an HCC Testing Center. The Course Calendar
(PDF file) contained in the MyMathLab software will clearly indicate which examinations MUST be taken at
the testing center. Further, a PDF file regarding Testing Center locations and other pertinent information has
been uploaded into the software as well. Please familiarize yourself with these dates and times ASAP and mark
your calendars accordingly.

Personal Communication Device Policy:

All personal communication devices (any device with communication capabilities including but not limited to
cell phones, blackberries, pagers, cameras, palmtop computers, lap tops, PDA's, radios, headsets, portable fax
machines, recorders, organizers, databanks, and electronic dictionaries or translators) must be muted or turned
off during testing. Such activity during testing time is deemed to be disruptive to the academic process. Personal
communication devices are to not be on the student desk during examinations. Usage of such devices during
exams is expressly prohibited during examinations and will be considered cheating (see academic honesty
section above).

Electronic Devices Policy

Any device having a QWERTY keypad arrangement similar to a typewriter or keyboard or other
typewriter-like keyboards or keypads is prohibited (e.g., Dvorak et. al.). Devices with communication
capabilities are prohibited. These include but are not limited to cameras; cell phones; desktop, hand-help,
laptop, and palmtop computers; databanks; data collectors; organizers; pagers or beepers; PDAs; radios;
headsets; tape players; portable fax machines; reproduction equipment; electronic dictionaries; electronic
translators; and recorders.

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Calculator Policy
First and foremost, it is not necessary for students to have a calculator in this course. However, I
recognize that calculators are useful tools in understanding and exploring mathematical concepts. A
one-line calculator or one-line scientific calculator may be used for this course. No other type
of calculator or computational device is allowed. A calculator with a one-line display shows what
you type in and the answer on the same line. A simple check is to enter 3 + 8 and then hit =. The
only expression you should see is the number 11. There are a plethora of inexpensive one-line
calculators available. Without endorsing any particular model, a diagram that is intended to serve as
an example, is provided below (See Figure 1).
The sharing of calculators by students during an examination session is strictly prohibited.
If an unapproved calculator or electronic device is found in your possession after the examination
begins, then you will be dismissed from the examination room and your examination will not be
This section, regarding Testing Center Protocols, is intended to be a general description of what is not allowed.
It is not intended to be an exhaustive list of specific calculators, devices or technologies that cannot be used
during the examinations administered at a testing center. As technology advances and/or changes, this policy
will be reviewed and may also change. If you have any specific questions regarding an electronic device or
calculating device, please contact your instructor before you begin your examination.

Figure 1

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Student Course Reinstatement Policy:

Students have a responsibility to arrange payment for their classes when they register, either through
cash, credit card, financial aid, or the installment plan. Faculty members have a responsibility to check
their class rolls regularly, especially during the early weeks of a term, and reconcile the official class
roll to ensure that no one is attending class whose name does not appear on it. Students who are
dropped from their courses for nonpayment of tuition and fees who request reinstatement after the
official date of record (OE Date) can be reinstated by making payment in full and paying an additional
$75 per course reinstatement fee. A student requesting reinstatement should present the registrar with a
completed Enrollment Authorization Form with the signature of the instructor, department chair, or
dean who should verify that the student has been attending class regularly. Students who are reinstated
are responsible for all course policies and procedures, including attendance requirements.

Free tutoring is available in JDB 300 at Central College. Additional help is also available through Student
Support Services. Students can get free assistance, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, in Math, English and other
subjects, at Typically, posted questions are answered by an HCC tutor or faculty
within 24 hours (usually under 6 hours). There are also several online math resources that you can find with
an internet search. You may also find information on the Learning Web site accessible through your specific
HCCS campus website.
HCC Policy Statement: Title IX
HCC is committed to provide a learning and working environment that is free from discrimination on
the basis of sex which includes all forms of sexual misconduct. Title IX of the Education Amendments
of 1972 requires that when a complaint is filed, a prompt and thorough investigation is initiated.
Complaints may be filed with the HCC Title IX Coordinator available at 713 718-8271 or email at
EGLS3 -- Evaluation for Greater Learning Student Survey System
At Houston Community College, professors believe that thoughtful student feedback is necessary to
improve teaching and learning. During a designated time, you will be asked to answer a short online
survey of research-based questions related to instruction. The anonymous results of the survey will be
made available to your professors and division chairs for continual improvement of instruction. Look
for the survey as part of the Houston Community College Student System online near the end of the
term. Visit for more information.

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Online Testing Center Location


System Administration Building

3100 Main St., Houston, TX, 77002-9312

The Google Map URL is given below,+TX+770029312+&hl=en&ll=29.741864,-95.373859&spn=0.007965,0.016512&sll=37.0625,95.677068&sspn=56.637293,84.023438&vpsrc=0&hnear=3100+Main+St,+Houston,+Te

Room: BB04

(In the basement.)

Testing Center Hours


Testing Times
4:00 PM 9:00 PM
4:00 PM 9:00 PM
10:00 AM 3:00 PM

Last Admit Time

7:00 PM
7:00 PM
1:00 PM

Testing Center Protocols


Arrive before the Last Admit Time the proctor will not allow late students to take examinations.
Bring your photo ID (HCC Student ID preferred).
Sign the class Roster.
At the computer you are assigned, launch the MyMathLab software application.
Open the Assessment (i.e, Examination or Final Exam)
The proctor will then enter the appropriate password.

Examination Protocols
1. This examination is a CLOSED-BOOK and CLOSED-NOTES exam.
2. You may use any calculator of your choosing (See Electronic Devices Policy.).
3. If you need scratch paper, then it will be provided by the proctor and will be collected.
Please write your name on each page.
4. The exam duration is 2 hours.
5. Formula sheets are not needed or provided on this examination.

Note: Students may be required to reserve a time slot for proctored exams. Please refer
MyMathLab for an announcement regarding registration protocols.

You may wish to park in the parking garage across the street from the administration complex.
If so, then take the elevator to the parking garages 3rd flood and take the sky-bridge into administration
building. The sky bridge connects the 3rd floor of the parking garage to the 2nd floor of the administration
building. Once in the administration building (i.e., 3100 Main St.), take the elevator to the basement and
look for the sign directing you to your class.

Instructor: Mr. Sever

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