Instructor: Professor Marie A. Vitulli
Office: 315 Fenton
EMail: vitulli@uoregon.edu
Lectures: MWF 10:00  10:50 a.m. in Anstett 191
Phone: (541)3465633
Office Hours: M 2:30  3:30, 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 or 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 341 or the instructor’s consent.
Unless you have spoken with me privately, I will assume you have had a
year sequence of calculus at the university level
as well as Math 341 (Chapters 1  4 in Lay). In Math 342 we study the
following topics: change of basis and coordinates, eigenvalues and eigenvectors,
orthogonality and least squares.
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% 
April 9th [M] 
Last day to: drop a class without a
mark of ‘W’ recorded 

April 11th [W] 
Last day to: add a class; change from audit to credit or
credit to audit 
April 25th [W] 
Math 342 Exam 1 at 10:00 a.m. 
May 18th [F] 
Math 342 Exam 2 at 10:00 a.m. 
May 20th
[Su] 
Last day to: drop a class with
a mark of ‘W’ recorded; change grade options; change
variable credits 
May 28th
[M] 
Memorial Day holiday; No classes 
June 11th
[M] 
Math 342 Final
Exam at 10:15 a.m. 
Week 
Monday 
Wednesday 
Friday 

1. Apr 2  6 
4.7 
5.1 
5.2 
2. Apr 9  13 
5.3

5.4 HW #1 due 
5.5 
3. Apr 16  20 
5.5

5.6 HW #2 due 
5.6 
4. Apr 23  27 
Review
HW #3 due 
Exam 1

6.1 
5. Apr 30  May 4 
6.2

6.3 HW #4 due 
6.4 
6. May 7  11 
HW #5 due 

7. May 14  18 
Review HW #6 due 
Exam 2 

8. May 21  25 
HW #7 

9. May 28  Jun 1 
Memorial Day No Classes 
HW #8 due 

10. Jun 4  8 
HW #9 due 
Review 

11. Jun 11  15 
Math 342 Final 10:15 a.m. 
