MATH 236: Algebra 2
Winter Term 2009            

Instructor: Dr. Xander Faber

Course Coordinates: Monday / Wednesday / Friday, 8:35-9:25am, 1B24 Burnside Building (Basement)



Solutions will be posted on WebCT about a week after the assignment is due.

Course Details:

Prerequisite: MATH 235

Official Text: Axler, Sheldon. Linear Algebra Done Right, Second Edition, Springer, NY, 2004.
(Click on the title to access the electronic copy available to McGill University affiliates.)

Reference Texts (not required):

Course description: The detailed course outline can be found here. Roughly, we will cover vector spaces,
linear maps, eigenvalues, canonical forms, determinants, inner product spaces, and the spectral theorem for
self-adjoint operators.

Homework: You will have written homework due each week. The exercises are designed to solidify and
extend your understanding of the material. Please write your solutions carefully and neatly and bind them
with a staple. They are due at the end of class. You are encouraged to work with your classmates, but
you must write your solutions up independently. Copying homework is plagiarism.

Exams: There will be three exams: a formal midterm, a take-home midterm, and a final exam.
If you have a class that conflicts with the formal midterm, please contact me on or before February 1.
Otherwise, you are expected to write the midterm at the given date and time.

Grading: Your final course grade will be determined by:

Help: Help is available if you have trouble with the assignments or lecture material. You can come to my office
hours or visit the Math Help Desk whenever it is open.

Academic Integrity: McGill University values academic integrity. Therefore all students must understand the
meaning and consequences of cheating, plagiarism and other academic offences under the Code of Student
Conduct and Disciplinary Procedures (see for more information).

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