TITLE: Honors Matrix Theory CREDIT HOURS: 3

CLASS TIME and ROOM: TR 11:00am-12:20pm, Room HC 115

TEXT: Linear Algebra by Jim Hefferon, and Linear Algebra Done Wrong by Sergei Treil
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PROFESSOR: Dr. Warren Wm. McGovern

OFFICE & PHONE: HC 101 & 6-8028

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OFFICE HOURS: By appointment and Thursdays 12:30-2:00pm, Friday 2:00-2:30pm

PREREQUISITES: MAC 2311 or MAC 2281 or placement.

CONTENT: Vectors and vector spaces. Linear transformation and matrices. Rank and determinants. Systems of linear equations. Diagonalization. Characteristic values.

CLASS STRUCTURE: The class will be mostly run in a lecture style format though the instructor encourages discussions and questions concerning the material. Some days will be used for collaborative efforts. The student is expected to do all the problems as this will aid in the student's understanding of the material. Please feel free to come to office hours if you have additional questions about the homework.
HW will be collected in a random fashion. The expectation is that the student will prepare the HW to be turned in and if called upon is ready to submit. The HW will be graded and returned with feedback.

ATTENDANCE POLICY: Regular attendance is expected. If a student misses a class meeting it is his/her responsibility to obtain the class notes either from another student or from the instructor during regularly scheduled office hours. However, the latter usually means the student will be given the sections that were covered. If a student misses 4 classes, the instructor has the right to drop the student's course grade by one letter grade. If a student misses 8 classes, the instructor has the right to drop the student's course grade by two letter grade. Etc. All exams will be taken as scheduled, unless prior arrangements are made, with at least 48 hours of advance notice. I, and only I, have the right to agree to giving a makeup exam.

HOMWORK: There is a link on the webpage for the list of HW problems. At the beginning of the semester each student will be assigned a card (e.g. King of hearts). At the beginning of each class I will be randomly selecting 5-7 cards and will collect HW from those 5-7 students. The HW will be collected, graded, and returned.

EVALUATION: Throughout the course the student will have opportunities to gain and lose points. The most common examples of gaining points (but not limited to) are through the quizzes, homework promlems, tests, final exams, extra-credit problems, and class participation. The most common examples of losing points (but not limited to) are not taking a quiz, test, or final, or an unsatisfactory attendance record. At the end of the semester if the student's (net) point total is greater than or equal to 90% of the total possible number of points then the student will have earned an A. The rest of the grades are as follows 80%-89.9% B, 70%-79.9% C, 60%-69.9% D, below 60% F. The cutoffs for plusses and minuses are standard.

For a general sense of the course (this is an approximation): final exam 35%, each test will be worth 20%, attendance and participation 15%, HW 10%.

EXAM SCHEDULE: There will be some quizzes (announced or announced), two tests, and a final examination. The two exams and final will take place during the regurlarly scheduled class time on the following dates unless otherwise noted.

Date Event Day
February 28th Test 1 Thursday
April 16th Test 2 Tuesday
April 30th Final Exam Tuesday, 10:30am-1:00pm
Each test/exam will be cummulative and knowledge of previous material is essential. I will try to be as straightforward as possible with regards to the material covered over the quizzes, tests, and exam.

POLICY ON ACCOMMODATIONS: In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA), students who require reasonable accommodations due to a disability to properly execute coursework must register with Student Accessibility Services (SAS) and follow all SAS procedures. SAS has offices across three of FAUís campuses -- Boca Raton, SU 131 (561-297-3880); in Davie, LA 131 (954-236-1222); in Jupiter and all Northern Campuses, SR 111F (561-799-8585). Disability services are available for students on all campuses. For more information, please visit SAS website at

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) Center: Life as a university student can be challenging physically, mentally and emotionally. Students who find stress negatively affecting their ability to achieve academic or personal goals may wish to consider utilizing FAUís Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) Center. CAPS provides FAU students a range of services Ė individual counseling, support meetings, and psychiatric services, to name a few Ė offered to help improve and maintain emotional well-being. For more information, go to

CODE OF ACADEMIC INTEGRITY POLICY STATEMENT: Students at Florida Atlantic University are expected to maintain the highest ethical standards. Academic dishonesty is considered a serious breach of these ethical standards, because it interferes with the university mission to provide a high quality education in which no student enjoys an unfair advantage over any other. Academic dishonesty is also destructive of the university community, which is grounded in a system of mutual trust and places high value on personal integrity and individual responsibility. Harsh penalties are associated with academic dishonesty. For more information, see University Regulation 4.001 and the WHC Academic Honor Code at

Collaboration and the Honor Code: You are expected to adhere to the Honor Code (see HC Honor Code and FAU Honor Code).

DISCLAIMER: The instructor reserves the right to change/alter/add/delete any statement from this syllabus in hopes of creating a more enjoyable/equitable course.