Math 311, Introduction to Linear Algebra, Sections 1 and 2

An additional text on Fibonacci numbers is available here .

The final exam takes place on Thursday, December, 15

9:45 - 11:45am for the morning section and 12:00-2:00pm for the afternoon section

in the same 4-th floor Keller Hall rooms where the sections meet for regular classes.

Instructor -- Pavel Guerzhoy

The classes meet Tuesdays and Thursdays

1:30 - 2:45pm at 414, Keller Hall (Section 1),

10:30 - 11:45 at 402, Keller Hall (Section 2).

Office: 501, Keller Hall (5-th floor)
tel: (808)-956-6533
e-mail: pavel(at)math(dot)hawaii(dot)edu (usually, I respond to e-mail messages within a day)
Office hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays 12:00-1:20 and 3:00-4:00pm

General Expectations
The Department of Mathematics has a general expectations statement, which we are assumed to follow in this class.
In this class we use the book
  • Steven J. Leon; Linear algebra with applications, eighth edition Pearson Prentice Hall.
    The book is really unavoidable, and cannot be replaced with another textbook! There are, however, many linear algebra textbooks which may be useful. Linear Algebra by K. Hoffman and R. Kunze, Prentice Hall, is of particular interest. It covers much more material than this class.
    Course Objective
    To learn basic ideas and notions of linear algebra. It is particularly important to learn to operate with these ideas and notions. This includes both the ability to conduct a specific calculation, and to prove or disprove a statement. Since this is a writing intensive class, to produce a mathematically rigorous argument (aka a proof) means to write it down in proper English.
    Calculus III (i.e. 243 or 253A), or concurrent.

    Grading Policy
    The course contains a combination of concepts, ideas and techniques, which the students must be able to apply in solving specific problems. Some of these problems require to either prove or disprove a certain statement. At the end of the day, your grade will reflect your ability to solve specific problems and to properly write your solutions down. This assumes your ability to read and understand the textbook. To understand, in this context means to be able to both create mathematical arguments (proofs) which are similar to those provided in the text, and to perform specific calculations similar to those in the exercises and examples. More specifically, the following rules are to be taken.

  • Final exam will count for 30% of the final grade. The exam is cumulative (it covers all the material). The exam will take place on ???

  • Four Writing Homework Assignments count together for 40% of the final grade.
  • Four Quizzes count together for 30% of the final grade.

    The following are not part of the grading scheme:

    Contents and Homework Assignments

    This table is only approximate. It may and will be updated regularly. In particular, some dates will be entered.

    DateSections Homework AssignmentWriting Homework Assignments
    Aug, 23 1.1 1-11
    1.2 1-3,5,7-14,17
    1.3 1-12,15,17
    1.4 1-5,7-9,12-17,19-22,24-27
    Sep 6 1.5 1-7,10-13,11,15,21,22
    Sep 8 problem session
    Sep 13 quiz
    Sep 15 2.1 1-6 29 on p57, 26 on p67, 28 on p67
    2.2 1-13
    Sep 27 2.3 1-6
    Sep 29 problem session
    Oct 4 quiz
    Oct 6 3.1 1,2,5,6,10,12,13 9 on p91, 16 on p98, 10 on p106, 8 on p108(with a proof)
    3.2 1-16,20,21
    3.3 1-16,19,20
    3.4 1-11,13-15,17
    3.5 1-10
    Oct 20 3.6 1-15
    Oct 25 problem session
    Oct 27 problem session
    Nov 1 quiz
    4.1 1-14,18,19 17,18 on p 126,17 on p138, 19,21,36 on p161
    4.2 1-10,13,14,15
    Nov. 10 4.3 1-3,5,9,11,12,14
    Nov. 15 problem session
    Nov. 17 quiz
    Nov. 22 6.1 1-19 16 on p189, 15 on p195
    Nov. 29 6.3 1-3,5-9,12,13
    Dec. 1 Fibonacci numbers