Instructor: Professor Marie A. Vitulli
Office: 3 Deady
EMail: vitulli@uoregon.edu
Lectures: MTWF 10:00  10:50 a.m. in 117 Fenton
Phone: (541)3465530
Office Hours: M 11:00  11:50, Tu 1:002:30, W 11:00  11:50
Textbook: Linear Algebra and Its Applications, 4th Edition, by David C. Lay (or Custom Edition for the University of Oregon orS the Custom Edition for SUNY Buffalo). I urge you to familiarize yourself with the website for the text. Beware that if you buy 3rd Edition of the text, the exercises won't match up with the exercises found in the 4th edition, which is identical to the custom edition, except the custom edition is paperback rather than hardcover. You will be responsible for getting the correct version of all assigned problems.
Prerequisites/Course Content: The prerequisite for this course is
Math 252 or the instructor’s consent. It is recommended that you
have taken Math 253 or its equivalent.
Unless you have spoken with me privately, I will assume you have had a
2 term sequence of calculus at the university level. In Math 341 we study the
following topics: systems of linear equations; vector and matrix algebra; vector spaces;
linear combinations; linear independence and dimension; linear functions
(a.k.a. linear transformations); rank and nullity; determinants; and
abstract vector spaces. We will also cover
many applications of these topics.
Expectations: I expect that you will attend lectures and actively participate. You must read the text with a pencil and paper nearby and figure out the answers to the questions posed in the text as well as convince yourself of the veracity of the author's assertions. You must learn the definitions so well that you can repeat them virtually verbatim. Mathematics courses are like language courses: you must prepare between class meetings to avoid falling behind. I expect you to work on the homework problems as we cover the material in class.
Exams/Homework: I will assign homework problems each week; check the course website on Blackboard for updates. Late homework WILL NOT be accepted; I will drop the lowest homework score. It is essential that you do the homework; you can work with others but you must write up the solutions yourself. There will be 2 inclass exams and a final exam. Makeups for the exams will be given only if you have my PRIOR CONSENT at least 48 hours in advance and the circumstances are extraordinary. On the exams many of the problems will be based on the homework problems. When writing explanations, make sure you write complete sentences that follow the usual rules of grammar. You should check the Blackboard web site for solutions to the homework and exams, exam reviews,and other updated course information.
Course Grade: I will tentatively determine your course grade by the following weights:
Homework: 20% 
Exam 1: 25% 
Exam 2: 25% 
Final: 30% 
October 1st [M] 
Last day to: drop a class without a
mark of ‘W’ recorded 

October 3rd [W] 
Last day to: add a class; change from audit to credit or
credit to audit 
October 17th [W] 
Math 341 Exam 1 at 10:00 a.m. 
November 9th [F] 
Math 341 Exam 2 at 10:00 a.m. 
Nov. 11th
[Su] 
Last day to: drop a class with
a mark of ‘W’ recorded; change grade options; change
variable credits 
November 22  23

Thanksgiving holiday; No classes 
December 7th
[F] 
Math 341 Final
Exam at 10:15 a.m. 
Week 
Monday 
Tuesday 
Wednesday 
Friday 

1. Sept 24  28 
1.1 
1.1 
1.2 
1.3 
2. Oct 1  5 
1.4

1.5 HW #1 due 
1.6 

3. Oct 8  11 
1.7

1.8 HW #2 due 
1.9 

4. Oct 15  19 
1.10

Review
HW #3 due 
Exam 1

2.1 
5. Oct 22  26 
2.2

2.3 HW #4 due 
2.4 

6. Oct 29  Nov 2 
2.5 
2.6 
2.7 HW #5 due 
2.8 
7. Nov 5  9 
2.9 
Catch Up 
Review HW #6 due 
Exam 2 
8. Nov 12  16 
3.1 
3.2 
3.3 HW #7 due 
4.1 
9. Nov 19  23 
4.2 
4.3 
4.3 HW #8 due 
Thanksgiving Holiday No class 
10. Nov 26  30 
4.4 
4.5 
4.6 
Review HW #9 due 
11. Dec 3  7 
Math 341 Final 10:15 a.m. 
