Penn State University - University Park
Math 220H,  Fall 2014

INSTRUCTOR: Dr.  Misha Guysinsky
Office: 112A McAllister
E-mail: mxg30@psu.edu
Office Hours: Tuesday from 10:00 to 11:00, Wednesday 1:30-2:30  and by appointment.
Course webpage: http://www.math.psu.edu/guysin_m

CATALOG DESCRIPTION: Systems of linear equations; matrix algebra; eigenvalues and eigenvectors; orthogonality and least squares.

PREREQUISITE: Math 110, Math 140, or Math 140H

TEXT BOOK: Linear Algebra and its Applications, fourth edition, by David Lay, published by Pearson/Addison Wesley.

CALCULATORS: No calculators are allowed on the midterm and final examinations.

COURSE FORMAT: There are two 50-minute lectures each week.

HOMEWORK/QUIZZES:There will be weekly homework assignments given every Thursday and collected in class the following Thursday.   Homework assignments will consist from two parts. the first part will not be graded, but weekly quiz will be given that will be based on this part of the homework.  Each quiz will be worth 8 pts. Second part will be collected and graded and will be worth 3 pts.  Three lowest  grades will be dropped.  No makeups on quizzes. You can earn 110 points on quizzes and homework but only 105 points will be counted towards your grade (and 5pts of extra credit). Example if you earn 98 pts, this what will counted. If you earn 107pts, I count only 105.

EXAMINATIONS: A 75-minute evening examination will be given during the semester and a comprehensive final examination will be given during the final examination period. NO books, notes, or calculators may be used on the examinations. Cellphones or any electronic device must be turned off during the exams . You must bring your University ID card to all exams. The midterm examination will be given on the following date:

Who may take the Conflict Exam?  If you have a valid conflict with the regular examination time, such as a class or other scheduled school activity, you may sign up for the conflict exam.

Students are responsible for knowing the room and time of the conflict examination.  Students must bring their University ID to the conflict examination. The ID will be checked by the proctor. Although the conflict examination will end at 6:20PM, no student will be permitted to leave the examination room before 6:25 PM. Any student who leaves before 6:25 PM will receive a grade of zero on the examination and will not be allowed to retake it.

Who may take the makeup exam?  Students who have a valid documented reason, such as a class conflict or illness, during both the conflict and regular examination times are permitted to schedule a makeup examination with no penalty. You must be prepared to verify the reason for taking the makeup. Students who do not have a  valid, verifiable reason for missing the regular midterm exam are  permitted to schedule the makeup, but 20 points will be deducted from their score. Students who have taken either the regularly scheduled examination or conflict examination are not permitted to take the makeup examination.

LATE-DROP: Students may add/drop a course without academic penalty till September 3. A student may late drop a course within the first twelve weeks of the semester but accrues late drop credits equal to the number of edits in the dropped course. A baccalaureate student is limited to 16 late drop credits. The late drop deadline for Fall 2014 is November 14, 2014.

FINAL EXAMINATION: The final examination will be given during the week, December 15-19, 2014. The final examination may be scheduled on any day during the final examination period. Do not plan to leave University Park until after Friday, December 19, 2014.


Students who miss both the regular and conflict final examinations due to a valid and documented reason, such as illness, may be allowed to take a makeup final examination. If the student does not have a valid reason, at least a 30 point penalty will be imposed. All such makeup examinations must be scheduled through the instructor with the approval of the course coordinator and students should contact the instructor within 24 hours of the final examination. Students who have taken the original final examination are not permitted to take a makeup examination.


Grading Policy:  Grades will be assigned on the basis of 350 points distributed as follows:
        100 points for quizzes and homework
        100 points for the midterm exam
        150 points for the final exam

The exact point requirements for each letter grade will be decided at the end of the course. 

A typical distribution follows:
Grade %-score
A, A- 100-90
B+, B, B- 89-80
C+, C 79-70
D 69-60
F 59-0

 NOTE: Your grade will be based EXCLUSIVELY on the midterm examinations,  quizzes and final examination. There is no "extra-credit" work.

TUTORS AND MATH CENTER:  Free mathematics tutoring is available at the Math Center located in 220 Boucke Building. More information can be found at: Math Center.  If you need additional help, a (paid) tutors list is maintained by the Mathematics Department Undergraduate Office. It is  available through the Undergraduate Studies on the Mathematics homepage at http://www.math.psu.edu/ug/ . This website is a good source for general information about undergraduate mathematics as well as information on evening exam schedules, office hours for instructors, and so on.

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