Linear Algebra, MATH 1600B, Winter 2022

Class Times:

Section Instructor Days Time Location
001 Steiner MWF 12:30pm-1:30pm NCB-113
002 Hall MWF 11:30am-12:30pm SEB-1200
020 Pinsonnault MWF 9:30am-10:30am HSB-40

Covid-19 Update: Until further notice, lectures will take place on Zoom. The links can be found on OWL under the Zoom tab on the left.

Note that Zoom lectures will NOT be recorded and that you are expected to attend them just as normal lectures on campus.


1 hour per week.  The TAs will review material from the course, answer questions, and run group activities.  You must attend the tutorial you are registered for (see your schedule).  Tutorials meet for the first time in the second full week (starting Jan. 24th).  All three lecture sections share the following fourteen tutorial sections:

Section TA Day Time Location
003 W 8:30am-9:30am
004 W 11:30am-12:30pm
005 W 12:30pm-1:30pm
006 W 1:30pm-2:30pm
007 W 2:30pm-3:30pm
008 Th 12:30pm-1:30pm
009 Th 1:30pm-2:30pm
010 Th 2:30pm-3:30pm
011 Th 4:30pm-5:30pm
012 Th 5:30pm-6:30pm
013 W 4:30pm-5:30pm
014 Th 11:30am-12:30pm
015 Th 3:30pm-4:30pm


Homepage Office Hours Office email @
Hall TBD MC 114 chall69
Pinsonnault TBD MC 133 mpinson
Steiner TBD MC 119 asteine9

Email Communication Protocol:

If you have questions about the course you can email your instructor. Your email must comply with the following rules:

  1. You must use your UWO address.
  2. You must include "MATH 1600B" in your title.
  3. You must inlude your full name as it appears on your UWO id.
  4. You must include your student number.


Not following any these rules may create confusion and may result in unexpected delays.

Help Centre:

MC 106, 2:30-6:30pm, weekdays. (This is the common help centre for all first year math courses.)


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.


Applied Mathematics 1411A/B, 2811B, the former Linear Algebra 1600A/B. 

Course Website: 

Important announcements and documents will be posted on OWL. Visit this page regularly for up to date information.


The textbook, D. Poole, Linear Algebra: A Modern Introduction, custom coursepack, is available at the bookstore.  It should be possible to find used copies as well.  You need the third edition of the book; it is based upon the fourth edition of the complete textbook.

There is also a "Student Solutions Manual" but it is not required.


This course uses iClicker. You will need to sign up for it using the instructions here: and click on Students and Audience (if you're on your phone, you may need to click on Menu first).

Course Outline:

Properties and applications of vectors; matrix algebra; solving systems of linear equations; determinants; vector spaces; orthogonality; eigenvalues and eigenvectors.

Exam Schedule:

Date Time


Midterm 1 February 10 7pm to 9pm ProctorTrack
Midterm 2 March 17 7pm to 9pm TBD
Final Exam TBA TBD TBD

Room Assignment for Midterm 2:

Room Last Name


Homework 4.8%
Tutorial 4.9%
Midterm Exams 2x30.1%
Final Exam 30.1%


Senate Policy on Prerequisites: Prerequisite checking is the student's responsibility.  Unless you have either the prerequisites for this course or written special permission from your Dean to enroll in it, you may be removed from this course and it will be deleted from your record.  This decision may not be appealed.  You will receive no adjustment to your fees in the event that you are dropped from a course for failing to have the necessary prerequisites.

Scholastic 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 following Web sites:

Absence/Missed work: 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 your 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 concerning UWO's Policy on Accomodation for Medical Illness please refer to this policy at:

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 here:

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 made.  See also the University's policy on final exam conflicts.

Accessibility statement: 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.

Support Services:

-- Office of the Registrar:
-- Student Development Services:
-- Learning Skills Services:
-- USC:
-- Academic Calendar:
-- ITS:
-- Students who are in emotional/mental distress should refer to Mental Health@Western for a complete list of options about how to obtain help: