MAT 331

First Course in Linear Algebra

Syracuse University

Linear equations, n-dimensional euclidean space, linear independence, bases, linear transformations, matrices and determinants, eigenvalues and eigenvectors. Geometric aspects. Credit will not be given for both MAT 331 and 485.

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M. Alan

MAT 331 Syllabus for M. Alan — Fall 2018

Fall 2018
Course Instructor: Muhammed ALAN
Office: 313J Carnegie,
Office Hours: Monday, Wednesday 9:40AM-10:40AM
Course Information: Course Description: Linear equations, Linear
transformations, Matrices, n-dimensional Euclidean spaces, Associated
Course Restrictions: Credit will not be given for both MAT331 and MAT485.
Prerequisites: MAT 286 or MAT 296
Textbook: Linear Algebra and its Applications, 5th edition, by David C. Lay,
Steven R. Lay, and Judi J. McDonald; Publisher, Addison-Wesley
Calculator Policy: No calculators are allowed on the exams and quizzes.
Course Supervisor: Adam Lutoborski. His office is 311A Carnegie. His phone
number 315-443-1489. His email address
Please inform your instructor of any problems you are having with the course.
Problems not satisfactorily resolved with your instructor should be brought to
the attention of the course supervisor without delay.
Email: Syracuse email account must be used in all communications. You
should see your instructor instructor for questions requiring explanations
about problems, concepts, etc.; such questions cannot be taken care of by
Quiz Policy: Every second Wednesday a quiz will be given. No quiz score will
be dropped.
Quiz Make-Up Policy: No make-up for quizzes is given. If you miss a quiz with
a legitimate reason, you will be exempted from that quiz.
Homework: There will be only online HW in this class.
Online Homework will be done online using WebWork, an open-source
homework system for math and sciences courses. Access information:
1. Go to
2. Click the class name. MAT_331_Fall_2018_Alan
3. Your Username is your NetID, for example jqpublic
4. Your Password is initially set to be your 9-digit SUID. You should change it
after logging in. Also, note that even if you used WeBWorK before for
another course, the password is reset to the 9-digit student id number.
The number of attempts is unlimited (There may be some restrictions
in some problems). Problems can be do ne in any order. You do not
have to do them all at once. You can also get a PDF file of the entire
assignment and
print it out to work offline.
Every Wednesday night 1-2 sets of WebWork problems will be assigned.
Homework will be due at 11:59pm on the Wednesday of the next week.
It is strongly recommended to do your HW on the same day.
Lowest 1 online-homework scores will be dropped.
Note that all due times are 11:59p.m. EDT (EDT - Eastern Daylight Time.
This is the time zone of NY State.) If you are in another state or country,
then check your time zone and submit your homework according to NY
No extension will be given in any circumstances. If you have a valid
excuse, you may be exempted from that HW. Your excuse must
cover entire HW period- not Thursday or part of Thursday only. In
particular, do not wait until Thursday to do your HW. “Internet
problems,” “Broken laptops,” “WebWork down on Thursday night,”
etc. are not valid excuses. However, if there is a persistent
WebWork Server problem which is longer than a day -24 hours-,
then HW due time may be changed.
Written HW: Written Homework is for your practice. No homework will be
collected. Last page of the syllabus contains suggested problems for each
Grading Policy: Homework 10%, quizzes 15% of the course grade with two
in-class exams each 20%, and the final exam 25%. Letter grades will
correspond to numeric grade intervals as follows.
Raw score x
Letter Grade
Raw score x
Letter Grade
Exam schedule: The exam days are firm.
Exam 1: 3 October 2018
Exam 2: 14 November 2018
Make-Up Policy: No makeup exams will be given. For students with an
EXCUSED absence, the final exam score will be substituted for the missing
exam score.
Final Exam Date: The final exam covers the entire course. Namely,
cumulative. It will be given during a two-hour block on
Wednesday, December 12, 2018- 8:00AM - 2:30 PM
The exact time and location will be announced later in the semester. Do
not make arrangements to leave campus before 2:30 PM on Wednesday,
December 12, 2018. The final exam will not be given at any other time.
Deadlines and important dates for Spring 2018
First Day of Classes: Monday, August 27, 2018
Academic/ Financial Drop: Monday, September 17, 2018
Withdrawal Deadline: Friday, November 16, 2018
Last Day of Classes: Friday, December 7, 2018
Students with Disabilities: If you believe that you need accommodations for a
disability, please contact the Office of Disability Services (ODS),, located in Room 303 of 804 University
Avenue, or call 315-443-4498 for an appointment to discuss your needs
and the process for requesting accommodations. ODS is responsible
coordinating disability-related accommodations and will issue students
with documented disabilities Accommodation Authorization Letters, as
appropriate. Since accommodations may require early planning and
generally are not provided retroactively, please contact ODS as soon as
possible. You are also welcome to contact me privately to discuss your
academic needs although I cannot arrange for disability-related
Religious observances policy: SU religious observances policy recognizes
the diversity of faiths represented among the campus community and
protects the rights of students, faculty, and staff to observe religious
holidays according to their tradition. Under the policy, students are
provided an opportunity to make up any examination, study, or work
requirements that may be missed due to are religious observance provided
they notify their instructors before the end of the second week of classes.
For fall and spring semesters, an online notification process is available
through MySlice (Student Services -
> Enrollment -> My Religious Observances) from the first day of class until
the end of the second week of class.
Academic Integrity:
Syracuse University’s Academic Integrity Policy reflects the high value that we,
as a university community, place on honesty in academic work. The policy
defines our expectations for academic honesty and holds students accountable
for the integrity of all work they submit. Students should understand that it is
their responsibility to learn about course-specific expectations, as well as about
university-wide academic integrity expectations. The policy governs
appropriate citation and use of sources, the integrity of work submitted in
exams and assignments, and the veracity of signatures on attendance sheets
and other verification of participation in class activities. The policy also
prohibits students from submitting the same work in more than one class
without receiving written authorization in advance from both instructors.
Under the policy, students found in violation are subject to grade sanctions
determined by the course instructor and non-grade sanctions determined by
the School or College where the course is offered as described in the Violation
and Sanction Classification Rubric. SU students are required to read an online
summary of the University’s academic integrity expectations and provide an
electronic signature agreeing to abide by them twice a year during pre-term
check-in on MySlice.
The Violation and Sanction Classification Rubric establishes recommended
guidelines for the determination of grade penalties by faculty and instructors,
while also giving them discretion to select the grade penalty they believe most
suitable, including course failure, regardless of violation level. Any established
violation in this course may result in course failure regardless of violation level.
Syracuse University sets high standards for academic integrity. Those
standards are supported and enforced by students, including those who serve
as academic integrity hearing panel members and hearing officers. The
presumptive sanction for a first offense is course failure, accompanied by
the transcript notation Violation of the Academic Integrity Policy.The
standard sanction for a first offense by graduate students is suspension or
expulsion. Students should review the Office of Academic Integrity online
resource “Twenty Questions and Answers About the Syracuse University
Academic Integrity Policy” and confer with instructors about course-specific
citation methods, permitted collaboration (if any), and rules for examinations.
The Policy also governs the veracity of signatures on attendance sheets and
other verification of participation in class activities.
For this course, in particular, the use of any notes or the use of any devices
capable of wireless communication, talking to another student during exams
and quizzes (until you are out of the classroom) is considered to be a violation
of the academic integrity policy. Cellphones and Smart Watches are prohibited
during the exams and quizzes. Wearing a smartwatch and/or holding a
cellphone in the class while the exam is in progress will be considered as a
violation of exam rules.
Related links:
The Academic Integrity Policy:
What Students Need to Know About Academic Integrity
Additional guidance for students can be found in the Office of Academic
Integrity resource: “What does academic integrity mean?”
Suggested Problems
11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 23, 24, 25
2, 5, 6, 11, 15, 19 (find all such values of h and k), 21, 25, 26 25, 26
9, 11, 13, 17, 21, 23 (b-e), 25 (b, c)
1, 3, 7, 9, 11, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23 (b-e), 31, 33
1, 7, 11, 23, 29, 30, 31, 32
1, 5, 7, 9, 11, 15, 17, 19, 21, 31
1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 13, 15, 17, 19, 21, 27
1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 17, 19, 23
1, 3, 5, 7, 11, 12, 15, 19, 20, 27, 28
1, 5, 9, 13, 15, 21, 22, 24, 31, 32, 33, 35
4, 8, 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 33, 35
2, 3, 5, 7
1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 21, 23, 25
1, 3, 5, 9, 11, 13, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22
9, 11, 13, 15, 17
15, 17, 19, 29, 31, 34
19, 21, 23, 27, 28
3, 5, 9, 13, 15, 17, 18, 19, 21, 25, 29
1, 3, 5, 7, 13, 15, 16
7, 9, 11, 13, 17, 21, 23, 25
5, 7, 9, 11, 15, 17
1, 5, 9, 11, 13, 15
3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13
3, 5, 7, 9, 11

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