MATH 236: Algebra 2
Winter Term 2009
Dr. Xander Faber
Monday / Wednesday / Friday, 8:35-9:25am, 1B24 Burnside Building (Basement)
- 4.15 -- Special Office Hours for Final Exam: I will be in my office
on 4/21 and 4/22 from 10-1pm. Feel free to stop by and ask questions.
- 4.7 -- I've updated the starred problem on Exp(A) in Assignment 9. The problem now
includes a definition of the Exp(A). I also corrected a small typo in problem 4.
- 3.13 -- There was a small, but critical, error in the second problem on the take-home midterm.
I have corrected it on WebCT, and I have extended the deadline to Wednesday March 18.
- 3.9 -- The take-home midterm has been posted on WebCT. It is due by March 16 at noon.
- 2.18 -- The formal midterm exam will take place from 5-8pm on Monday March 2 in
112 Rutherford Physics building.
- 2.16 -- The Take-Home Midterm will be posted here on Monday March 9 and due on
Monday March 16 by noon.
- 1.16 -- In problem (4) of the homework, delete the words "be the complex numbers."
Also, please ignore problem (8). The statement as originally written is false, which makes it much
harder to prove! I've corrected these problems in the assignment below, but you don't need to turn in
- 1.7 -- I have posted office hours above.
- 1.6 -- Unfortunately, the math department has required a small alteration to our syllabus with
regard to the
weight of homework assignments and the midterm.
The changes have been made below, and I will explain
further in class on Wednesday.
- 1.4 -- The course begins on Monday, January 5.
Solutions will be posted on WebCT about a week after the assignment is due.
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):
Honors Algebra II Course Notes, April 2008.
Hoffman and Kunze. Linear Algebra, Second Edition, Prentice Hall, NJ, 1971.
Lipschutz, Seymour and Lipson, Marc. Schaum's Outline of Linear Algebra, 4th Edition,
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
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.
Formal Midterm Exam: Monday, March 2, 5-8pm, 112 Rutherford Phyics Building
Final Exam: Thursday, April 23, 2-5pm, 1090/2100 Trottier Engineering Building
Your final course grade will be determined by:
Written Homework: 20%
Formal Midterm Exam: 20%
Take-Home Midterm Exam: 20%
Final Exam: 40%
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 http://www.mcgill.ca/integrity/
for more information).
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