## WebCT

We will be using the Math 1B03 WebCT website for many purposes in this course.
All students should log on to

webct.mcmaster.ca as soon as possible, and check
out what is available there. To log in you need your MAC ID and your McMaster
Modem/Printing/CIS Managed Lab Access/Proxy Services password. If you have
problems logging on, you may go to

http://webct.mcmaster.ca/problems.html
for help.

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## Instructors

**Dr. Martin Niepel**, HH 327, ext 23413, niepelm@math.mcmaster.ca Office
hours: M1:30-2:30, T10:30-11:30, F11:30-12:30 or by appointment

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## Text

The required text for the course is:

*Linear Algebra
with Applications, 4th edition,* by W. Keith Nicholson, McGraw-Hill Ryerson.

** NB**: It is critical that you purchase the text with LILA (

**WARNING**:
the bookstore also sells the text without LILA...that's for another course!)
LILA is the interactive linear algebra package which you will need for self
study and submission of homework.

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## Course objective

To learn the basic concepts, techniques and uses of linear algebra.

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## Course outline

Review of geometry and algebra of vectors, systems of linear equations,
spanning sets and linear independence, matrices, basis and dimension, linear
transformations, eigenvalues and eigenvectors, complex numbers, diagonalization,
orthogonality and projections. During the term there will be applications
to coding, electric circuits, population dynamics and other topics. We
will cover most of the sections in chapters 1 through 5 of the text.

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## Lectures and tutorials

There will be three lectures and one tutorial per week. Tutorials
provide an opportunity to ask questions in a smaller group and to work
with other students in the course. They are an essential part of the course,
and attendence is strongly encouraged.

**Drop and Add for Tutorials:**
If you have not been assigned a tutorial, or need to change tutorials, then go online to:

scidropadd.mcmaster.ca/dna/default.asp
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## Homework

Homework for credit will be done and submitted
using the LILA system, which will be accessed through a folder called LILA
found on the 1B03 WebCT homepage. To get everyone started,

* your first tutorial will be held
in one of the computer labs. * Check WebCT announcements for rooms! Be sure to have your LILA registration completed before that tutorial.

LILA assignments can be completed in your own time through
the term; due dates are given in the Course Calendar. The problems on LILA are submitted and marked online. Any problem can be done as many times as you like until the deadline; only your best score will be retained.

We will also regularly recommend problems from the textbook to be done. It it important you do these conscientiously, since they are more similar to the possible test and exam problems you will face.

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There will be three projects during the term. These will be due at 3:00 pm
on the dates given in the Course Calendar. They should
be handed in to the Math 1B03 course lockers on the basement level of Hamilton Hall.
Each project will focus on an interesting application of linear algebra
such as cryptography, population dynamics or game theory. They will
be introduced in class, and you will have time to work on them in tutorials.
While we encourage you to work in small groups to exchange ideas, each student
must submit their own individual work. Solutions will be posted in WebCT.

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## Tests

There will be one midterm exam on the evening of Monday, February 14th. Room information will be posted on WebCT. There will also be two quizzes, which will take place during your tutorial, in the week given in the Course Calendar.

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## Final exam

The final exam will be scheduled by the Registrar. Only the McMaster
standard calculator Casio FX-991 is allowed. It is

**essential** that
you bring your McMaster ID to the final exam. By around mid February,
you will find timetable information at:

examination
timetable
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## Evaluation

LILA assignments 10%

Projects
15% (5% each)

Quizzes
15% (7.5% each)

Midterm 20%

Final exam 40%

**Important note:** The course evaluation is not negotiable, i.e.
individual requests for alternative weightings will never be considered. Only excuses validated by the Dean's Office will be accepted for missing an exam or quiz.

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## Senate policy statements

Academic dishonesty consists of misrepresentation by deception or by other fraudulent means and can result in serious consequences, e.g. the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the transcript (notation reads: "Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty"), and/or suspension or expulsion from the university.

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