Department of Mathematical Sciences,
Northern Illinois University

MATH 240, Spring 2006

SECTION 1, 10:00-10:50, M W R F, DU 348

COURSE: LINEAR ALGEBRA AND APPLICATIONS (4)

Professor John Beachy, Watson 355, 753-6753

Office Hours: 11:00-11:50 M W R (in Watson 355), or by appointment

email: beachy@math.niu.edu      homepage: http://www.math.niu.edu/~beachy/

HOUR TESTS: I expect to follow the schedule on the course syllabus. If you cannot take a test at the scheduled time, you must contact me before the time of the test.

GRADING: Semester grades will be based on 600 points:

300 points for three hour exams worth 100 points each
100 points for quizzes and homework
200 points for the departmental final exam

The last day for undergraduates to withdraw from a full-session course is Friday, March 10.

HOMEWORK: You should work all of the recommended homework problems. These will be important in class discussions. I will collect and grade some of the problems (I will let you know in advance which ones to hand in), on specific homework assignments.

QUIZZES: You should be prepared for a quiz each Friday. The quizzes will be designed to test that you are doing all of the recommended homework problems. I also reserve the right to give unannounced quizzes in any class period.

FINAL EXAMINATION: The departmental final exam (listed under mass exams in the schedule of classes) will be given on Thursday, May 11, 2006, from 8:00 to 9:50 A.M.

GENERAL ADVICE: This course represents a transition from the 200 level calculus courses to the 400 level math courses, in which math is studied at a greater depth. We expect you to begin to understand more than just computations, and to be able to explain why things work. You should expect to spend two hours preparing for each hour in class.
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