Department of Mathematical Sciences,
Northern Illinois University

MATH 240, Linear Algebra, Spring 2010

SEC 2, 11:00-11:50, M T W F, DU 318

Professor John Beachy, Watson 355   |   telephone: (815) 753-6753   |   email:

Office Hours: 10:00-10:50 M W F (in Watson 355), or by appointment

TEXT: Bernard Kolman and David R.Hill, Elementary Linear Algebra, 9th Edition, Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, New Jersey, 2008.

SYLLABUS: The course will cover most of Chapters 1-7 of the text by Kolman and Hill, Elementary Linear Algebra, 9th Edition.

EXAMS: Hour exams have been tentatively scheduled as follows: Exam 1 on 2/5, Exam 2 on 3/19, and Exam 3 on 4/16. The departmental final exam (listed under mass exams in the schedule of classes) will be given on Thursday morning, May 6, 2010, from 8:00 to 9:50 A.M. If there is a reason that you cannot take an exam at the scheduled time, you must contact your instructor before the time of the exam.

QUIZZES: You should expect a quiz or exam each Friday. The sections they cover will be announced in class, and on my course website.

HOMEWORK: You should work all of the recommended homework problems. These will be important in class discussions, and will the basis for the quiz questions.

CALCULATORS: Students may wish to use calculators or computers as a study aid, but no electronic devices of any kind will be allowed on exams or quizzes.

ACADEMIC CONDUCT: Academic honesty and mutual respect (student with student and instructor with student) are expected in this course. Mutual respect means being on time for class and not leaving early, being prepared to give full attention to class work, not reading newspapers or other material in class, not using cell phones or pagers during class time, and not looking at another student's work during exams. Academic misconduct, as defined by the Student Judicial Code, will not be treated lightly.

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. Some homework problems in the text ask you for a "proof". I view a proof to be an explanation that you would give to another student. Include the details you think you need to understand the problem now, as well as when you might be studying what you wrote for the final exam.
For each hour in class, you should expect to spend at least two hours outside of class doing homework and studying for quizzes and exams. If you have time, I recommend that you read each section before it is scheduled to be covered in the lectures. On the class homepage you will find some links that may be of help to you in studying.

COURSE HOMEPAGE: (for my section)