Section 001  Section 002 (section web page)  

Instructor  Matthias Franz (coordinator)  Stuart Rankin  
Office  MC 103D  MC 132  
Phone  x 86538  x 86517  
Email (@uwo.ca)  mfranz  srankin  
Office hours  Tue 910, Thu 2:303:30  dropin after 12:30 MF  
Class times  MWF 8:309:30  MWF 10:3011:30  
Class location  3M 3250  3M 3250  
Tutorials  1 hour per week, either Wednesday or Thursday. The TA reviews material from the
course and answers questions, and the tutorials also include quizzes (see below).
You must attend the tutorial you are registered for (see your schedule).


Help centre  MonFri 2:306:30pm in MC 106, starting Mon, Sep 21. (This is the common help centre for all first year math courses.)  
Course outline  Properties and applications of vectors; matrix algebra; solving systems of linear equations; determinants; vector spaces; independence; orthogonality; eigenvalues and eigenvectors. Link to UWO course calendar.  
Textbook  D. Poole, Linear Algebra: A Modern Introduction, Math 1600 Second Custom Edition Western University, Brooks Cole, 2015.  
The textbook is available at the bookstore. It is possible to use the 4th edition (instead of the custom edition) if you can get a copy of it. The "second custom edition" we are using just covers the sections we cover in the course. It was organised to reduce the bookstore price but a used copy of the 4th edition might be cheaper. The (first) "custom edition" used last year is identical to the second except for a missing appendix about complex numbers. In case we will use complex numbers, we will post material covering them on OWL. The 3rd (noncustom) edition covers essentially the same material with some reorganisation; a few questions will be different which might affect the exercises.  
Prerequisites  One or more of Ontario Secondary School MCV4U, Mathematics 1229A/B, Calculus 1000A/B or 1500A/B, the former Calculus 1100A/B. Calculus 1000A/B or 1500A/B may be taken as a pre or corequisite.  
Antirequisites  Applied Mathematics 1411A/B, 2811B, the former Linear Algebra 1600A/B.  
Web page  This page is available at http://www.math.uwo.ca/~mfranz/1600a_2015/, where you should also check for course announcements. We will use OWL mostly for posting grades, announcements and additional material.  
Quizzes 
There will be 6 quizzes throughout the year,
during the tutorials.
The quizzes will cover the material up to and including
what was covered on Monday's lecture.
You must take the quiz at the tutorial you are
registered for.


Midterm exams 
First midterm: Thu Oct 8, 78:30pm, room: see announcement on OWL.
Second midterm: Thu Nov 5, 78:30pm, room: see announcement on OWL. 

Final exam 
The date for the final examination is Tue Dec 15, 9amnoon
for both sections. See OWL for the rooms.
The final examination will be three hours long, during the final exam period, and will be scheduled by the registrar.
It will cover all the material from the course, but will
emphasize the later material.
See below for how conflicts are handled.


Evaluation  Quizzes: 20%, each midterm: 20%, final exam: 40%. For the quizzes, the lowest score will be dropped. 
Remember: You understand the material if you can answer questions about it that you have not seen before. Being able to solve the umpteenth exercise in a row of almost identical ones just shows that you remember the recipe. While this is certainly important, you should not confuse this with a true understanding of the concepts.
It is strongly recommended to read the text ahead of time to prepare for each lecture.
This course covers a lot of material, and is cumulative (much more than other courses!), so it will be necessary to work hard throughout the term in order to do well.
The best way to prepare for quizzes and exams is to do as many exercises as possible. Note that the point is not to learn solutions by heart, but to gain experience in finding them. If you cannot solve an exercise, the most important question you should ask yourself is not: "What is the solution?" (which, for most oddnumbered exercises, can be found at the end of the book), but: "What is the concept that I haven't understood?"
No calculators or other aids are allowed on quizzes or exams.
If you are unable to attend a quiz, midterm or final exam due to illness or other serious circumstances, you must provide valid medical or other supporting documentation to your Dean's office as soon as possible and contact your instructor immediately. It is the student's responsibility to make alternative arrangements with their instructor. For further information please see this link and the Student Services web site.
A student requiring academic accommodation due to illness should bring a Student Medical Certificate with them when visiting an offcampus medical facility and use a Record Release Form for visits to Student Health Services. Hard copies of both of these forms are available from your home Faculty Academic Counselling Service.
If a quiz is missed and sufficient documentation is provided, the grade for that quiz will be reweighted to the other quizzes. If an exam is missed and sufficient documentation is provided, a makeup exam will be offered.
A student who is scheduled to write more than two such examinations in any 23hour period, more than three in any 47hour period, or more than four in any 71hour period may request alternative arrangements through the office of the dean of their faculty.In the case of two exams at the same time, the Registrar's office should have already contacted you, but if not, contact Averil Davis, x84866, adavis32@uwo.ca.A student who is scheduled to write two examinations concurrently must notify the Registrar so that arrangements may be made for both examinations to be written in the Examination Conflict Room in a sequence established by the Registrar.
In both cases, please also let your instructor know about the conflict, and read the entire University policy.
Scholastic offences are taken seriously and students are directed to read the official policy. Note that the penalty for cheating can include receiving a failing grade in the course and suspension or expulsion from the University. All scholastic offences are added to your student record.
Electronic devices (including cell phones and music players) are not allowed at the exams. The mere possession of such devices will already be considered an academic offence.
Please check the exercises page and this course web page regularly for announcements and updates.