Instructor: Professor Marie A. Vitulli
Office: 3 Deady
EMail: vitulli@uoregon.edu
Lectures: MTWF 10:00  10:50 a.m. in 195 Anstett
Phone: (541)3465530
Office Hours: M 11:00  11:30, Tu 1:002:30, W 11:00  11:30, F 11:00  11:30
Textbook: Linear Algebra and Its Applications, 4th Edition, by David C. Lay (or the 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 twoterm sequence of calculus at the university level as well as Math 341 (Chapters 1 – 3 and Sections 4.1 – 4.5 in Lay). In Math 342 we study the following topics: coordinate systems, the dimension of an abstract vector space, change of basis and coordinates, eigenvalues and eigenvectors, orthogonality, least squares, GramSchmidt orthogonalization, and quadratic forms. We will also cover many applications of these topics.
Expectations: I expect that you will attend lectures and actively participate. I expect that you will 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.
Learning Outcomes: By the end of the term the successful Math 342 student will be able to:
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 may work with others but you must write up the solutions yourself. There will be 2 inclass exams (tentative dates below) 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 7th [M] 
Last day to: drop a class without a
mark of ‘W’ recorded 

April 9th [W] 
Last day to: add a class; change from audit to credit or
credit to audit 
April 23rd [W] 
Math 342 Exam 1 at 10:00 a.m. 
May 14th [W] 
Math 342 Exam 2 at 10:00 a.m. 
May 18th
[Su] 
Last day to: drop a class with
a mark of ‘W’ recorded; change grade options; change
variable credits 
May 26th [M]

Memorial Day holiday; No classes 
June 11th
[W] 
Math 342 Final
Exam at 10:15 a.m. 
Week 
Monday 
Tuesday 
Wednesday 
Friday 

1. Mar 31  Apr 4 
4.4 
4.5 
4.6 

2. April 7  11 
4.7 
4.8 HW #1 due 
4.9 

3. April 14  18 
5.1 
5.2 HW #2 due 
5.3 

4. April 21  25 
5.4

Review HW #3 due 
Exam 1

Go over Exam 1 
5. Apr 28  May 2 
5.5

5.6 HW #4 due 
5.7 

6. May 5  9 
6.1 
6.2 HW #5 due 
6.3 

7. May 12  16 
6.4 
Review HW #6 due 
Exam 2 
6.5 
8. May 19  23 
6.6 
7.1 HW #7 due 
7.2 

9. May 26  30 
No class 
7.3 HW #8 due 
Conic Sections 

10. June 2  6 
Analyzing Quadratic Equations 1 
Analyzing Quadratic Equations 2 
Review HW #9 due 

Finals Week June 9  13 
Math 341 Final 10:15 a.m. 
