Course Guidelines Math
232B
Dr. R. Beezer Spring
2005
Text We will be using A First Course in Linear Algebra, version 0.30, as our primary textbook. This text is nearly complete, and will be expanded and modified as the course progresses. I would suggest keeping your copy in a (big) 3ring binder, especially as new pages become available. You may download copies of the text off the Internet, but I will be taking orders at the beginning of the course for a mass purchase of printed copies. The textbook will be updated weekly on the course WWW page. The text Introduction to Linear Algebra by Lee W. Johnson, R. Dean Riess, Jimmy T. Arnold (Fourth or Fifth Edition) will be used as a backup source of homework exercises. The Bookstore also has a highly recommended text: The Nuts and Bolts of Proofs by Antonella Cupillari. The course WWW page has some recommendations for similar books about proof techniques.
Home Page Start at http://buzzard.ups.edu/courses.html to locate the WWW page for this course.
Office Hours My office is Thompson 321G; the telephone number is 8793564. Making appointments or simple, nonmathematical questions can be handled via electronic mail  my address is beezer@ups.edu. Office hours will be 1:001:50 on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. I will always be available during these times on a firstcome, firstserved basis. If these times are not convenient, please do not hesitate to make an appointment with me for another time. You are also welcome to drop by my office without an appointment at any time that I am in (roughly 3 P.M.  4:30 P.M. is a good time to try). Office hours are your opportunity to receive extra help or clarification on material from class, or to discuss any other aspect of the course.
Calculators This course requires the use of a calculator. It should be capable of doing matrix operations  specifically “reduced row echelon form,” “determinants” and “eigenvalues and eigenvectors.” I highly recommend the Texas Instruments TI86, which is what I will be using, since this is the model currently used in our calculus courses. These are available at the bookstore, though you must ask for them at the checkout counter. It is not required that you use this exact model, but whatever you use should have the capabilities listed above. If you no longer have a manual for the TI86, check the course WWW page for a link to an electronic version (you will especially want Chapter 13, and possibly Chapter 12). Being unfamiliar with your calculator, using an insufficient model, forgetting to install fresh batteries, or forgetting your calculator all together are not excuses for poor performance on examinations. In particular, I have seen students have trouble making the TI83 perform all the functions required for this course.
Homework I will be expanding the collections of exercises in the text during the semester. It is expected that you will work all of these problems. Additional exercises from Johnson/Riess/Arnold are posted on the course WWW page. Of course, you are not limited to working just these problems. None of these problems will be collected, but instead they will form the basis for the classes where we will have problem sessions and for discussions in office hours. It is your responsibility to be certain that you are learning from these exercises. The best ways to do this are to work the problems diligently when assigned and to participate in the classroom discussions. If you are unsure about a problem, then a visit to my office is in order. Making a consistent effort outside of the classroom is the easiest way to do well in this course.
Mathematics not only demands straight thinking, it grants the student the satisfaction
of knowing when he [or she] is thinking straight.
 D. Jackson
Mathematics is not a spectator sport.
 Anonymous
I hear, I forget.
I see, I remember.
I do, I understand.
 Chinese Proverb
An education is not received. It is achieved.
 Anonymous
Quizzes There will be seven 50minute timed quizzes  they are all listed on the tentative schedule. The lowest of your seven quiz scores will be dropped. The comprehensive final exam will be given at on Friday, May 13 at 8 AM. The final exam cannot be given at any other time and also be aware that I will allow you to work longer on the final exam than just the twohour scheduled block of time. In other words, plan your travel arrangements accordingly, especially since this exam is at the end of the final exam period. As a study aid, I have posted copies of old quizzes on the course web site. These are offered with no guarantees, since techniques, approaches and emphases will change slightly from semester to semester. In other words, they are not officially part of this semester’s course. In particular I do not advocate working old exams as a primary, or exclusive, technique for learning the material in this course. Use at your own risk.
Writing This course has been designated as part of the University’s Writing in the Major requirement. Thus, there will be an emphasis on the quality of the mathematical exposition in your written work, and there will be two assignments that will be primarily graded on the basis of the exposition. These assignments will not be accepted late.
Reading Questions Each section of the textbook contains reading questions at the end. Once you have read the section prior to our inclass discussion, submit your responses to the reading questions via electronic mail as follows. Do not send your responses to my regular email address (beezer@ups.edu), but instead use the address I will announce in class. They are due at 9 PM of the day prior to the day we discuss the section in class, and will not be accepted late. Use a subject that is exactly like“Math 232 XXX,” where XXX is the acronym for the section. So for example, your first response will be titled: Math 232 WILA. In the first line of your response, please put your real name, then answer the questions in order. Do your best with mathematical notation, but do not fret if it is a bit sloppy or weird. Please send only text  no attachments, no Word files, no graphics, no HTML if you can help it. Please pay careful attention to these procedures and deadlines.
Grades Grades will be based on the following breakdown: Quizzes  60%; Reading Questions  5%,
Writing  15%; Final  20%. Attendance and improvement will be considered for borderline grades.
Scores will be posted on the World Wide Web at
http://buzzard.ups.edu/courses.html. A reminder about withdrawals  a Withdrawal
Passing grade (W) can only be given during the third or fourth weeks of the semester, after that
time (barring unusual circumstances), the appropriate grade is a Withdrawal Failing (WF),
even if your work has been of passing quality. See the attached schedule for the last day to
drop with an automatic ‘W’ and please read The Logger about these often misunderstood
grades.
Attendance Daily attendance is required, expected, and overall a pretty good idea.
Purpose This course is much different from most any mathematics course you have had recently, in particular it is much different than calculus courses. We will begin with a simple idea  a linear function  and build up an impressive, beautiful, abstract theory. We will begin computationally, but soon shift to concentrating on theorems and their proofs. By the end of the course you will be at ease reading and understanding complicated proofs. You will also be very good at writing routine proofs and will have begun the process of learning how to create complicated proofs yourself. You will see this material applied in subsequent courses in mathematics, computer science, chemistry, physics, economics and other disciplines (though we will not have much time for applications this semester). You will gain a “mathematical maturity” that will be helpful as you pursue upperdivision coursework and in any logical, rational, or argumentative activity you might engage in throughout your lifetime. It is not easy material, but your attention and hard work will be amply repaid with an indepth knowledge of some very interesting and fundamental ideas, in addition to beginning to learn to think like a mathematician.
Monday  Tuesday  Wednesday  Friday  
Jan 17
MLK Day  Jan 18
Chapter SLE Section WILA  Jan 19
Section SSSLE  Jan 21
Section RREF 

Jan 24
Problem Session  Jan 25
Section TSS  Jan 26
Section HSE  Jan 28
Section NSM 

Jan 31
Problem Session  Feb 1
Quiz SLE  Feb 2
Chapter V Section VO  Feb 4
Section LC 

Feb 7
Section SS  Feb 8
Problem Session  Feb 9
Section LI  Feb 11
Section O 

Feb 14
Problem Session Last day to drop  Feb 15
Quiz V  Feb 16
Chapter M Section MO  Feb 18
Section RM 

Feb 21
Section RSM  Feb 22
Writing #1  Feb 23
Problem Session  Feb 25
Section MM 

Feb 28
Section MISLE  Mar 1
Section MINSM  Mar 2
Problem Session  Mar 4
Quiz M 

Mar 7
Chapter VS Section VS  Mar 8
Section S  Mar 9
Problem Session Writing #1 Due  Mar 11
Section B 

MidTerm 
Monday  Tuesday  Wednesday  Friday  
Mar 21
Section D  Mar 22
Section PD  Mar 23
Problem Session  Mar 25
Quiz VS 

Mar 28
Chapter D Section DM  Mar 29
Chapter E Section EE  Mar 30
Section PEE  Apr 1
Devlin Lecture MAA Meeting 

Apr 4
Section SD  Apr 5
Writing #2  Apr 6
Problem Session  Apr 8
Quiz D & E 

Apr 11
Chapter LT Section LT  Apr 12
Section ILT  Apr 13
Problem Session  Apr 15
Section SLT 

Apr 18
Section IVLT  Apr 19
Problem Session Writing #2 Due  Apr 20
Quiz LT  Apr 22
Chapter R Section VR 

Apr 25
Section MR  Apr 26
Problem Session  Apr 27
Section CB  Apr 29
Problem Session 

May 2
Quiz LT  May 3
Housekeeping  May 4
Snow Day  
Final Examinations
 
Friday, May 13 at 8 AM 