The instructor is Dr. Jason Grout, Howard 235, (515) 271-3113, email@example.com.
Office hours are
If you would like to see me and the above 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.
Our primary textbook is the free open-source book Linear Algebra by Ben Woodruff. You can download the first two chapters here. I will be editing the last few chapters before we get to them, so I will post other chapters later. Here is the whole textbook if you want to peek at it anyway, though chapters 3-6 may change by the time we get to them.
There are also several other textbooks that I recommend if you want access to other resources as well.
We will cover the material following the book by Ben Woodruff. This text presents the topics in a way that is designed to help you understand the material quickly and deeply.
We plan to cover 6 units:
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 5-7.5 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.
I plan to have an exam after chapter 2 and another exam after chapter 4. These should occur roughly 1/3 of the way through the course and 2/3 of the way the course.
The final will be comprehensive and will be designed to test the limits of your understanding in the course. According to Drake's Final Exam Schedule, our final is Wed, May 9, 12:00 noon - 1:50 pm.
The grades will be determined as follows:
|Class/Home work and Quizzes||30%|
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.