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Course Syllabus

Title
: An Introduction to Linear Algebra and its Applications
Credits:
3
Instructor:
Susan Ojala
Meeting dates and times:
July 14-18, 8am
–
5pm
Location:
Perkins 101
Course Description:
This course is intended for middle and high school teachers to further their mathematical knowledge. The topics will include systems of linear equations, the vector space
, subspaces, bases and dimension, matrix operations and properties, transformations, stochastic matrices, determinants, eigenvectors and eigenvalues. We will conclude with a discussion of a generalized concept of vector spaces and their properties. Related applications and proofs will be embedded throughout the course. The course will be taught in traditional VMI fashion
—
a short amount of direct instruction followed by  practice, application and discussion, with problem solving interspersed where applicable. A graphing calculator is required (TI-83 or 84 preferred).
Goals:
All VMI teachers should take with them from their work with this course:

an understanding of matrices and how they can help us solve problems

an increased ability to read, write, and understand mathematical proofs

the further connection between algebra and geometry by looking at vectors, vector spaces,  bases, and dimension

an extension of the concept of a function in the form of a (linear) transformation
Learning Outcomes:
Participants will be able to:

Use Gauss-Jordan eliminati
o
n to solve systems of linear equations

Connect algebraic and geometric solutions to systems of linear equations

Understand vectors and make calculations using vector addition and scalar multiplication

Prove the properties of vector addition and scalar multiplication

Understand the structure of matrices

Perform matrix calculations of addition, scalar multiplication, and multiplication

Calculate the transpose, inverse, determinant, and powers of a matrix

Use vectors and matrices in various applications

Understand the concept of a transformation

Prove whether or not a transformation is linear

Apply matrix multiplication to Markov chains

Understand and prove the basic properties of the vector spaces
n
R

Prove if a subset of a vector space is a subspace

Determine the basis and dimension of a subspace or vector space

Calculate eigenvectors and eigenvalues

Extend the concept of a vector space to matrices and functions

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General Course Information Attendance Expectations:
Full attendance is required. In the event of an emergency requiring an absence, the participant will arrange with the instructor to make up all work that was missed on the day of the absence. No grade will be issued until submission of completed assignments.
Religious Observance:
The official policy for excused absences for religious holidays: Students have the right to practice the religion of their choice. Each semester students should submit in writing to their instructors by the end of the second full week of classes their documented religious holiday schedule for the semester. Faculty must permit students who miss work for the purpose of religious observance to make up this work.

Contributions in Class:
All participants are expected to contribute to class discussions, to share ideas and questions, to help other participants when possible and to share solutions to class and homework problems.
All students are required to be familiar with and adhere to the ―Academic Honesty Policy Procedures‖ delineated in the most recent edition of ―The Cat’s Tale‖. (
Accommodations:
Accommodations will be provided to eligible students with disabilities. Please obtain an accommodation letter from the ACCESS office and see one of the instructors early in the course to discuss what accommodations will be necessary. If you are unfamiliar with ACCESS, visit their website at http://www.uvm.edu/access to learn more about the services they provide. ACCESS: A- 170 Living Learning Center, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT 05405. PH: 802-656-7753, TTY: call 711 (relay), Fax: 802-656-0739, Email: access@uvm.edu
Grades will be based upon the following:

40% End-of-course homework assignment

30% Daily homework assignments

20% Participation & helpfulness to colleagues.

10% Attendance & promptness
Format for Expected Work:
All homework assignments should be organized and neat with all work clearly shown. End-of-course homework assignment should be photocopied before submitting the original copies to the instructor.