Math 28. Linear Algebra Honors Course

Fall 2012


The calaveras presented in class and one more can be found in the link: Calaveras

Practice Final Exam,
Solutions to the practice final exam.

The final is on Dec. 19 from 9am to 12pm in room Sci 158.

The determinant worksheet.
The solutions to the worksheet.

Solutions to the Second Midterm.

Second Practice Midterm,
Solutions to the practice midterm.

Link to the old homeworks.

Midterm1 Solutions.

Corrected Practice Midterm 1 Solutions.

Worksheet 1. If you click on this link, you get a Mathematica file I programmed that you can use to check your row reduction steps (NOTE: To run it, click Shift+Enter).


Linear Algebra with applications (4th edition) by Otto Bretscher.

Tentative schedule of topics covered

This schedule is subject to change, but it should give you an idea of the topics we will cover.


Sections in the textbook


Week 1 1.1 We will also cover mathematical proofs (not in the textbook).
Week 2 1.2, 1.3
Week 3 2.1, 2.2, 2.3
Week 4 2.4, 3.1, 3.2
Week 5 3.3, 3.4 The first midterm is on Thursday October 4.
Week 6 4.1, 4.2, 4.3 No class on October 12.
Week 7 Fall Break. No classes from Oct. 15 to Oct. 19
Week 8 5.1
Week 9 5.2, 5.3, 5.4
Week 10 5.5
Week 11 6.1 The second midterm is on Thursday November 15.
Week 12 6.2, 6.3 No class on November 23 (Thanksgiving Break).
Week 13 7.1, 7.2, 7.3
Week 14 7.4, 7.5, 7.6, 8.1
Week 15 Review


The course grade will be based on:
Homework 15%,
Midterm 1 25% ,
Midterm 2 25% and
Final Exam 35%.


There will be homework due roughly every week. It will consist typically of a reading assignment (of the part of the book covered in class) and some problems. Collaboration in the homework is permitted, but you are not allowed to copy someone else's work. The solutions must be written individually. You have to mention on your problem set the names of the students that you worked with.


On the midterms and the final exam you must work on the problems on your own. No collaboration permitted in the exams.

The first midterm will be on Thursday October 4, 2012 from 5pm to 7pm. Room to be announced.

The second midterm will be on Thursday November 15, 2012 from 5pm to 7pm. 158 SC.

The final exam will comprehensive. The date and location to be announced.

Math Clinic

Every Monday from 7:30 o 10:30pm in SC 149 there will be a Linear Algebra Clinic. There is also a general Math Clinic from Sunday to Thursday from 7 to 10pm in the Lounge. Clinics will start up during the second week of classes.
These clinics are great resources for all students, not just for those with difficulties. They provide a place where you can work together with other students and know that help and encouragement are available whenever you need it
Accommodations Statement

If you believe that you need accommodations for a disability, please contact Leslie Hempling in the Office of Student Disability Services, located in Parrish 130, or e-mail to set up an appointment to discuss your needs and the process for requesting accommodations. Leslie Hempling is responsible for reviewing and approving disability-related accommodation requests and, as appropriate, she will issue students with documented disabilities an Accommodation Authorization Letter. Since accommodations may require early planning and are not retroactive, please contact her as soon as possible. For details about the Student Disabilities Service and the accomodations process, visit

You are also welcome to contact me privately to discuss your academic needs. However, all disability-related accommodations must be arranged through Leslie Hempling in the Office Of Student Disability Services.

Last modified on December 19, 2012.