M346, Applied Linear Algebra

**Unique number**: 57290
**Meeting time and place**: TuTh 11-12:30, RLM 6.124.
**Web page**:
www.ma.utexas.edu/users/sadun/F13/M346
**Professor**: Lorenzo Sadun, RLM 9.114, x1-7121
**email**: sadun@math.utexas.edu
**Office hours**: MW 1-2. I generally keep an open door and welcome
visitors at all times.

**Textbook:** Applied Linear Algebra, 2nd edition, by Lorenzo Sadun.
**Prerequisites**: M341 or M340L with a grade of at least C-.
This is not an easy course. If you struggled in M340L or M341, you probably
will have a very hard time with M346.
**Syllabus:** Chapters 1 through 8, with occasional skipped
sections. You can find an online day-by-day schedule
here.
**Homework**: There will be weekly problem sets, due in
class on Tuesday.
**Exams:** There will be three in-class midterm exams, on
September 26, October 22 and November 19, plus a final exam on
Wednesday, December 11, 9-12. These exams will all
be closed book. However, each student will be allowed to bring a single
letter-sized
``crib sheet'' (2-sided) to each midterm, and 2 crib sheets to the
final.
These notes must be __HANDWRITTEN ORIGINALS - NO XEROXING ALLOWED__.
**Pre-class material:** I have prepared a series of videos
and web pages to go along with the book. You can find
an index here. You are expected to go over
each section's materials **before** class, and to understand the easy
parts, so that we can spend class time working through the hard parts.
**Participation:** You will occasionally be called upon, by name,
to present a calculation or to answer a question. The grading for this will
be on a 4 points scale: 4 points for a good job, 3 points for a so-so job,
2 points for a poor job, or for being too unprepared to present, and 0
points for being absent. If you need to miss class for a valid reason (e.g.,
a religious holiday), let me know in advance and I won't call on you.
**Grading:** Each midterm counts 20%. The final exam counts 20%.
The homework, taken together, counts 10%. Class participation counts
10%. If you do better on the final than on your worst midterm, then I
will replace that midterm score with the final. In other words, your grade
will probably be based on 40% final, 20% each for your best two midterms,
0% for your worst midterm, plus 10% each for homework
and participation. The final **cannot** replace your homework or
participation grade.
The final grade distribution is neither a straight
scale
nor a fixed curve. It depends on how well the class does as a whole,
but I hope to give mostly A's and B's.
**Disabilities: **The University of Texas at Austin provides
upon request
appropriate academic accommodations for qualified students with
disabilities.
For more information, contact the Office of the Dean of Students at
471-6259,
471-4641 TTY