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Math 103 - Linear Algebra - Spring 2013
Jeff O'Connell
Web Page: http://www2.ohlone.edu/people2/joconnell

Text: Linear Algebra and its Applications, fourth edition. David Lay

Prerequisite: Math 101B with a grade of "C" or satisfactory score on the Math Placement Exam.
The prerequisite will be strictly enforced.

Course Content: This course includes an introduction to linear algebra including vector spaces,
matrices, determinants, linear transformations, eigenvectors, techniques of solving systems of
equations, and applications.

Office Hours Grading
Days Hours Location HW/Quiz 20%   A 90%
12:40 - 1:40 Math Lab
Exams 40%
B 80%
Other office hours by arrangement.
Send me an e-mail to schedule
Final 40% C 70%
D 60%

Homework: Homework is a combination of problems written by me and problems from the
textbook. It will be assigned every day and will be collected occasionally. I will be happy to
answer questions in class or during my office hours. Homework must be neat, readable, on
straight edged paper, stapled if there is more than one page, and also be done in pencil.

We will have several quizzes throughout the semester. Some of these will be take home,
some will be announced in advance, some will not. There are no make-up quizzes.

Exams: We will have 2 in class exams. There will be no make-up exams unless prearranged
with me, and I reserve the right to make these exams more difficult than the in-class exams.

Final: The final exam is cumulative and scheduled for Thursday, May 23, 2013 from 9:30 - 11:30.

Calculator: Students in this class are required to have a Graphing/Programmable calculator that is
capable of matrix calculations. The TI-85/86/89/92 is the calculator that I will be using in class and
I can highly recommend it. It should be noted that there will be quizzes and exams where calculators
of any kind are not allowed.

Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this course the student will:
1. Manipulate matrices, determinants, and vectors at the mastery level.
2. Use matrix and determinant methods to solve linear systems at the mastery level.
3. Extend knowledge of linear systems to working with abstract vector spaces at the intermediate level.
4. Demonstrate the ability to both comprehend and create mathematical proofs at the intermediate level.
5. Use technology to apply linear systems to applications at the mastery level.

Administrative stuff:

Each course at Ohlone College has an Official Course Outline which includes a detailed course description
as well as student learning outcomes and other information. The official course outline for Math 103 can
be found here.

Deaf and disabled students:  If you are deaf or have a documented disability and need accommodations
for this class, please see me as soon as possible or contact the Disabled Students Programs and Services
(DSPS) office  for assistance.  The DSPS office is located in Building 7, Room 7217.  
Call (510)659-6271 (voice) or (510)344-5701 (video phone).  For more information, go to

Tutoring for deaf students:  Deaf students enrolled in mainstream English and Math courses can receive
specialized tutoring with Deaf Studies faculty in the Deaf Studies Lab, Room 6105.

Mental Health and Stress Management: The staff and faculty of Ohlone College are here to see you
succeed academically and care about your emotional and physical health. You can learn more about the
broad range of confidential student services, including counseling and mental health services available
on campus by visiting the Student Health Center in building 7 or http://stepupohlone.org/oncampus-resources/.

If you wish to drop this class you must do so according to the schedule of classes. Failure to do so may
result in a grade of F for the semester.

One note about grades: Grades in this class based on your performance and how it compares to the
grading criteria laid out here. Grades are not assigned based on what another college has told you that
you must receive in order to be accepted. As a result, you are responsible for earning the grade required.
I will frequently update you with your current grade in the class. Bottom line: If you want an A, then finish
the semester with at least a 89.5% because a 89.4% earns you a B.

As a courtesy to me and the other students in this class, I expect you to be on time and refrain from any
unnecessary or inappropriate talking during class. I also expect all cell phones to be turned off before class
begins each day.

Cheating and other forms of Academic Dishonesty, in any form, will NOT be tolerated. Please read the
Ohlone College Policy on Academic Dishonesty.

Please keep in mind that it is my job to teach you this material, it is up to you to make sure that I am doing
my job. Don't hesitate to ask questions or to come and see me in my office or after class.

Please contact joconnell@ohlone.edu
with your questions, comments, and suggestions.
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