Assignments will be published on the web site each Thursday. They are not due and they will not be graded.
Answers will be published a week later to help you do the problems on your own.
Each quiz will be based on the assignments whose solutions were posted since the previous quiz.
Cheating will not be tolerated in this class. By "cheating" I mean
submitting work that is not your own. This includes copying from
another student or from another source, or having another person write
your tests. When a student is found cheating the case
will be sent to the Associate Dean Academic for the Faculty of
Science. The Associate Dean will then contact the student and deal
with the situation. Typical consequences for cheating can be found
The last day to withdraw from this class without record is September 19; without a failing grade (that is, with a W grade) is November 15.
The prerequisites are not just a formality: we expect you to have a working knowledge of previous concepts. Try questions 1-31 of the following
test. You should be able to do most of those questions without issue.
How to succeed in this course
Linear Algebra lies at the heart of pure and applied mathematics: it grew out of the study of systems of linear equations, and that already makes it important for physics, engineering, economics, biology, computer science. But it reaches far higher, as it also became the language of quantum mechanics and other branches of science.
With Mathematics, like with any advanced skill, the learning process is never quick nor painless. Here are a few
things to consider that might help you succeed in this class:
Many ideas and notions are discussed along the course, and just
memorizing them does not mean you can use them
effectively in the context of limited time within an exam. It is all about understanding and practicing. So, practice-practice-practice is the name of the game.
The assignments, and even the recommended practice questions, are only the tip of the iceberg:
this class requires you to practice continuously.
- Keep up with the material covered in class. Mathematics classes tend to build directly on what you have
already learned. If you fall behind it can be very difficult to catch up.
- Do lots of practice problems. Think of the list of recommended problems as a starting point and,
if after having completed those problems you are still having difficulty, then do even more problems. If you can barely do the questions
from the assignment, it is hard to imagine that you would be able to do a related question, without help, under the stress situation of the exam. Conclusion: practice, practice, practice.
- Take advantage of the additional resources available to you. These include the book, the instructor's office
hours, the SI sessions, information on the web, etc.
- The topics will become second nature if you take the time to understand why
they are what they are, and then you use them by doing lots of problems.
- Study with the goal of understanding "why" instead of just trying rote memorization.
- Make sure to present your work clearly.
- Group work can help a lot, if it means that the group works together towards building a solution to each problem. But note that all of your grades come from examinations, where you will have to do the problems on your own.