The instructor is Dr. Jason Grout, Howard 203A, (515) 271-3113, email@example.com. The best way to contact me is in class or via email.
Office hours are MW at 11:00-12:20 and 1:45-2:30. If you would like to see me and those times don't work, please schedule an appointment.
Meeting with students one-on-one or in small groups during office hours is one my favorite parts about being a teacher. Often we can address topics more individually or in greater depth than we can during class. On the other hand, one of the hardest things is seeing a student that is struggling that won't come in for help. Please come in if you have questions or want to talk.
An optional text that contains lots of examples on our subject material is Datta's Numerical Linear Algebra and Applications, Second Edition (ISBN 0898716853).
There are also several other textbooks that I recommend if you want background information about linear algebra. These cover the material from Math 80, as well as probably some additional material.
We will cover the material following the book by Trefethen and Bau. The textbook is very good about presenting the key concepts, and we will be filling in a lot of the details as we go along.
An average college student in this class should expect to spend an average of 2-3 hours in classwork outside of class for every hour in the classroom (i.e., for this class, plan on 6-9 hours of work per week outside of class). You may need to spend more time to earn an A.
Late work will not be accepted, except possibly in extreme circumstances.
There will be a midterm examination approximately halfway through the course and a small examination at the end of the course. There will be other short quizzes as the need arises.
At the end of the semester, we will have a final project. Details about this final project will be coming later in the class.
According to Drake's Final Exam Schedule, our final exam period Monday, Dec 10, 9:30–11:20 am. I plan to have the final project presentations during that time.
The grades will be determined as follows:
|Classwork/homework and presentations||50%|
There may be a curve applied at the end of the semester, so the standard percentage grade breaks (90%, 80%, etc.) may be adjusted either up or down.
“Academic dishonesty is an all-encompassing term involving any activity that seeks to gain credit for work one has not done or to deliberately damage or destroy the work of others.” See http://www.drake.edu/dos/handbook/academic.php#as for details of what constitutes cheating, plagiarism, or other forms of academic dishonesty. For example:
Cases of academic dishonesty will result in at least a failing grade on the assignment and may also result in a failing grade in the course. Cases will also be reported to appropriate university officials.
If you have a disability and will require academic accommodations in this course, I would be happy to discuss your needs. Accommodations are coordinated through Student Disability Services (first floor Old Main). Please contact Michelle Laughlin, Director of Student Disability Service, at 271-1835 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
This syllabus is subject to change. Changes will be communicated via at least one of the course website, email, or in class.