Math 323 (Section 502) -- Spring 2015

Linear Algebra

MWF 11:30AM - 12:30PM, BLOC 164

Quick Links:


Math Department Math 323 Web Page:

Help Sessions Schedule:

Examples: Change of Basis Notation

Final Exam, Tuesday, May 12 (10:30 AM - 12:30 PM, BLOC 164)

Exam 2, Wednesday, Apr. 8 (in class) Solution Key

Exam 1, Monday, Feb. 23 (in class) Solution Key

Course Description:

This is a first course in linear algebra. Topics covered inlcude linear equations, matrices, real vector spaces, linear transformations, change of bases, determinants, eigenvalues, eigenvectors, diagonlization, and inner products. There will be an emphasis on proofs, and students will be expected to write mathematical proofs to solve problems on both homework and exams.

Course Information:

Instructor: Matthew Papanikolas

Office Hours: Mon. 3:00-4:00, Fri. 10:30-11:30; also by appointment

Office: Blocker 641H


Textbook: The required textbook is Linear Algebra with Applications, 8th Ed., by Steven J. Leon, Prentice Hall, 2010, ISBN-10 0-13-600929-8, ISBN-13 978-0-13-600-929-0.

Course Syllabus: The course covers most of chapters 1-6. See below for a detailed weekly syllabus.

Calculators: Use of calculators on homework is perfectly acceptable. However, calculators will not be permitted on exams.

Prerequisite: Math 148, Math 152, or Math 172 (second semester calculus);
and Math 220; or approval of instructor.

Course Webpage:

Department Webpage: The department's page on Math 323 is available here.


Homework Problem Sets: There will be weekly assignments of problems from the text, which will be turned in for a grade. Your lowest homework score will be dropped at the end of the semester when calculating your homework average. Homework sets will be posted here

It is perfectly reasonable for students to collaborate on homework, but each student is expected to write up solutions individually. Students turning in nearly identical work may not receive full credit on assignments.

Exam Schedule:

There will be 2 in-class exams during the semester, as well as a cumulative final exam. The dates and times are listed below.

Exam 1

Exam 2

Final Exam


Feb. 23 (Mon.)

Apr. 8 (Wed.)

May 12 (Tues.)


BLOC 164

BLOC 164

BLOC 164


Your final course grade will be determined by your performance on homework, writing assignments, and exams. The contribution of these items toward your grade are as follows:





Exam 1


Exam 2


Final Exam


The following grade distribution will be used in determining final course grades:


Percentage of Total Points











Detailed Syllabus:

We will use the following schedule for lectures, covering material out of the given sections of Leon. We will adhere to this schedule as closely as possible, though changes may be necessary as the semester progresses.

Week 1 (1/21, 1/23): Sections 1.1-1.3
Week 2 (1/26-1/30): Sections 1.4-1.6
Week 3 (2/2-2/6): Sections 2.1-2.2
Week 4 (2/9-2/13): Sections 3.1-3.2
Week 5 (2/16-2/20): Sections 3.3-3.4
Week 6 (2/23-2/27): Sections 3.5-3.6; Exam 1 on Mon. 2/23
Week 7 (3/2-3/6): Sections 4.1-4.2
Week 8 (3/9-3/13): Sections 4.2-4.3
Spring Break (3/16-3/20)
Week 9 (3/23-3/27): Sections 5.1-5.2
Week 10 (3/30, 4/1): Sections 5.3-5.4
Week 11 (4/6-4/10): Section 5.5; Exam 2 on Wed. 4/8
Week 12 (4/13-4/17): Sections 5.6, 6.1
Week 13 (4/20-4/24): Sections 6.1-6.2
Week 14 (4/27-5/1): Sections 6.3-6.4
Week 15 (5/4, 5/5): Section 6.4
Tues., 5/12, 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM: Final Exam

Course Policies:

Missed Work: Making up missed work (including missed exams and homework) will be arranged according to University policies only. A university approved excuse must be provided to the instructor in writing (e-mail is sufficient) within 1 working day for exams and within 2 working days for other work.

Academic Dishonesty: "An Aggie does not lie, cheat, or steal or tolerate those who do." It is not permissible to hand in the work of others for a grade, including work on exams, quizzes, and homework. You are allowed to discuss homework with others, but your write-ups are expected to be done on your own and in your own words. Copying the work of others will be prosecuted to the full extent possible under University policies. Please see the Honor Council Rules and Procedures on the web at

Disability Assistance: The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact Disability Services in Cain Hall, Room B118, or call 845-1637. Students seeking speical considerations for an exam must contact this office several weeks in advance of the exam. For more information, visit

Copyright Information: All printed handouts and web materials are protected by US Copyright Laws. No multiple copies can be made without written permission of the instructor.

Contact Information: Course announcements may occasionally be made via e-mail (e.g. in case of a change to office hours or to correct potential errors in homework problem sets). Students should regularly check their TAMU e-mail accounts.

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