Math 275 -- Fall 2016

Honors Linear Algebra
Emory University

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Lecture Room: W303 MSC
Lecture Time: TuTh 11:30-12:45
Lab Room: W306 MSC
Lab Time: F 10:00-10:50am
Final Exam: Dec 13, 3-5:30pm
Lecturer: David Zureick-Brown
Office: W430 MSC
Phone: (608) 616-0153

Text: ``Calculus, Vol. 2: Multi-Variable Calculus and Linear Algebra with Applications to Differential Equations and Probability" (2nd edition), Apostol
Office Hours: W4-6 (in E406)

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About this course.

Math 275--276 is an accelerated full-year honors sequence which will fulfill the major requirements for each of the courses Math 211, 221 (or 321), and 250 (multivariable calculus, linear algebra, and foundations of math). After this course, the intention is that students will be have the ability and prerequisites to take any of the upper level courses.

The major feature that distinguishes this course from non-honors courses is the emphasis on logic, mathematical proof, and mathematical writing.

A student completing only 275 and not 276 will receive major credit for Math 221 only. (Note: this extra credit refers only to the major requirements, not to college course hours. Math 275--276 still counts as 8 credit hours for the registrar.)

Workload: This course will require a very serious time commitment, and as a 4-credit honors course students should treat this as "a course and a half". To succeed in the course, a student should plan to spend several hours absorbing the material after each lecture. Keeping up with the material will be absolutely essential. In addition to weekly assignments and an extra lab section each Friday, students are expected to very regularly review their notes and read the textbook.


Here is an official pdf of the syllabus for this course. (There is no information on this pdf that is not on the webpage.)
Course details

This class will meet 28 times; during the Fall. We will cover chapters 1-5 of the textbook, and a bit of additional supplementary material. The textbook is thorough and beautifully written; the expectation is that, in addition to the weekly written homework, you will read every word of the textbook.

Grading policy

The midterm is worth 30 percent. The final exam will be comprehensive and will count for 30 percent. Homework is worth 40 percent. Seriously! If you do not stay on top of the homework, you will have a bad time in this class.

The midterm date below is tenative (and may be adjusted if the pace of the course is adjusted), but the date of the final exam is set in stone; make your summer travel plans accordingly. If you have a conflict with the final exam (e.g., another final) please let me know ASAP.

Homework 40% (Weekly, due Thursdays in class)
Midterm 30% (Th, Oct 20)
Final Exam 30% (Dec 13)

Calculators, notes, and textbooks are not allowed in exams or quizzes.

The final letter grades will be curved, but the following table gives a lower bound on your grade:
85% A
70% B
55% C


There will be homework assigned roughly every week, due on Thursday at the beginning of class. There will be many simple problems, checking your understanding of the definitions, that will be collected and graded for completness but not correctness. Most weeks there will be a number of proofs assigned. You are expected to write them up very carefully, and in complete sentences.

3-6 of problems will be carefully graded, and you will receive an additional 20 for completing the assignment. Homework assignments will typically be worth 100 points (20 for completeness, and 80 for graded problems).

The homework assignments are available at this link, and will be updated after each lecture.
Plagarism Policy

Remember that copying another student's work is a violation of the Honor Code and will be treated as such. If you must leave class during an exam for any reason, please leave all of your belongings (including your handheld supercomputer phone!).

For homework: you are free to consult any sources (animate or inanimate) while doing your homework (working in groups is encouraged!), but if you use anything (or anyone) other than your class notes or the texts listed above, you should say so on your homework -- please state at the end of every problem any sources used.

On the other hand, you are expected to make an honest attempt to do every problem on your own before consulting other sources. Remember that copying another student's work is a violation of the Honor Code and will be treated as such.

A good rule of thumb to avoid plagarism is the following -- when doing the final write up of a problem, do not have any text books, web pages, or classmate's write up in front of you. If you get stuck when writing up an assignment, go back and look again; just make sure that you organize the mathematics in your head before writing a proof rather than copying a solution from some source. This is a generous homework policy. Please do not abuse it.


The ability to overload a course has been phased out in favor of the capacity for waitlisting a course in Opus. All Math and CS courses have a waitlist attached (except permission-only classes). A guide to using OPUS's waitlist functionality can be found here Additionally, admission to this course is by permission only and requires a BC calculus score of 5; please email to obtain an permission number to enroll.