MWF 2:00-2:50 pm, 106 Allen Hall
Instructor: Prof. Anna Vainchtein (aka Dr. V)
Grader: Rahul Singh, RAS292@pitt.edu, MAC hours: Tuesday 9-10 am, 5-7 pm and Thursday 9-10 am, 6-7 pm.
Text: Applied Linear Algebra, by Peter J. Olver and Chehrzad Shakiban, Prentice Hall, 2006.
Course schedule and homework problems
Exam 1 will be on Monday, October 16. It will be based on the material we covered from Sections 1.1-3.3 in the book, plus the notes on determinants. We will do a review in class on Friday, October 13 (I'll bring some review problems). As a reminder, the exam is closed book, closed notes, and you cannot use any electronic devices, including smart or regular cell phones, smart watches, calculators and computers during the test. You may bring a one-page handwritten "cheat sheet" to the exam.
The grader (Rahul Singh) has office hours on Tuesday 9-10 am, 5-7 pm and Thursday 9-10 am, 6-7 pm at the Mathematics Assistance Center (MAC), located in room 215 of O'Hara Student Center, 4024 O'Hara St.
Each week I
will assign a set of problems to be handed in, out of which
selected problems will be graded. Solving homework problems is
essential to learn the material. You may discuss the
problems with one another but you must write your own
solutions. It is your responsibility to regularly check here for current homework
assignments. Homework will be due each Friday at the end
of class. If
you cannot be in class that day, your homework must be in my
mailbox in Thackeray 301 by 3 pm Friday. Early submissions are
I encourage everyone to start working on the
homework assignment early enough so that I can answer any
questions you might have during my office hours on Wednesday. If
you have classes during my regular office hours, email me your
Wednesday schedule, and we will set up a different time to meet
on Wednesday. While I will respond to emails, I am rarely
available to meet in person on Thursdays, so starting an
assignment early is important. You will also find that you need
an early start to complete the homework on time.
Exams: There will be two in-class
midterm exams, scheduled for Monday, October 16 (Exam 1) and Monday,
December 4 (Exam 2), and the
comprehensive final exam on Saturday, December 16, 8-9:50
am (room TBA). All exams are
closed book, closed notes but you may bring a one-page
handwritten "cheat sheet" to each exam. Calculators
or any other electronic devices, including cell phones, will not be allowed (or needed) during
Rules: Class attendance is
expected. Barring exceptional circumstances (of which I must be
notified immediately), no late
homework is accepted and there will be no make up exams.