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Math 2121B: Intermediate Linear Algebra II
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this page regularly for announcements and
The first class is on Monday, January 7, 2013, and will be a
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||Linear Algebra, Fourth Edition, by Steven H. Friedberg, Arnold J. Insel, Lawrence E. Spense, published by Prentice Hall.
||Math 2120A/B (Math 200a/b)
A continuation of the material of Math 212OA/B (Math 200a/b)
including properties of complex numbers and the principal axis
theorem; singular value decomposition; linear groups; similarity;
Jordan canonical form; Cayley-Hamilton theorem; bilinear forms;
Link to UWO course calendar.
Evaluation of Student Performance:
There will be between 8 and 10 assignments.
They are due at the beginning of class.
Click here for a list of exercises.
The lowest (or missing) assignment grade will be dropped when
computing the course grade.
What is expected of the student:
Math 2121 is the second half of a mathematically intensive second year
of linear algebra, with the syllabus given above. You will continue
to learn to read and write mathematical proofs. This is perhaps
the most important intellectual feature of modern mathematics, and
correspondingly an essential step in moving on to more advanced topics
in later courses.
Assignments will be an important part of the course, so that you
will have the feedback you need to develop new skills. Accordingly,
Math 2121 is a demanding course, and you should be prepared for a
time commitment of at least six hours per week.
The assignments are to be thought of as take-home
exams and should be done entirely on your own. All those involved
in copying will receive a negative grade on the assignment in
question. In addition, all academic offenses will be
reported to the Dean's office, and may result in further
Regarding Scholastic Offences and Penalties, see pp. 23-26 of the
Academic Calendar or refer to
Discipline for Undergraduates.
Homework will be posted regularly on my webpage (see above) and collected
Link to UWO course calendar.
Important Senate Policy
Students are responsible for ensuring that their selection of courses
is appropriate and accurately recorded and that all course prerequisites
have been successfully completed. If the student does not have the
prerequisites for a course, and does not have written special permission
from his or her Dean to enroll in the course, the student may
be removed from the course and it will be deleted from the student's
record. This decision may not be appealed. A student will receive no
adjustment to his or her fees in the event that he or she is dropped from
a course for failing to have the necessary prerequisites.
Statement on Academic Offences
Scholastic offences are taken seriously and students are directed
to read the appropriate policy, specifically, the definition of what
constitutes a Scholastic Offence, at
The midterm will be held on Tuesday, March 19, 2013, 5-8pm
Here is a Review for the Midterm.
Final Exam Information
The final exam will be on Monday, April 15, 2-5pm
Here is a Review for the Final Exam.
Please read the section below if you have a conflict with
Make-up exams and conflicts
If you know ahead of time that you are unable to attend a
midterm or final exam, you must let your instructor know
at least two weeks in advance so alternative arrangements can be
See also the
policy on final exam conflicts.
If you have a conflict with another
final exam, you must contact Rob Downes in the Registrar's Office
by mid March to arrange a special time/place to write the
If you have a conflict with a midterm for a year-long course,
you must contact the instructor of the other course.
If you have three final exams in 3 consecutive periods, you
must contact the Dean of your faculty.
In all cases, please let your instructor know.
Medical Excuse Regulations
If you are unable to meet a course requirement due to illness
or other serious circumstances, you must provide valid medical
or other supporting documentation to the Dean's Office as soon as possible
and contact your instructor immediately. It is the student's responsibility to make alternative arrangements with his or her instructor once the accommodation has been approved and the instructor has been informed. In the event of a missed final exam, a "Recommendation of Special Examination" form must be obtained from the Dean's Office immediately.
For further information please see:
policy on medical excuses.
A student requiring academic accommodation due to illness, should use the
Student Medical Certificate when visiting an off-campus medical facility or
request a Record's Release Form (located in the Dean's Office) for visits to
Student Health Services.
The form can be found
at this web site.
Failure to follow these rules will result in a grade of zero.
Please contact the course instructor if you require material in an alternate format or
if you require any other arrangements to make this course more accessible to you.
You may also wish to contact Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) at
661-2111 x 82147 for any specific questions regarding an accommodation.
Please check the exercises page and
the course web page regularly for announcements and
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