|Help||Academic Integrity||Accessibility Issues||Religious Observances|
Johanna Franklin will be teaching this course.
The textbook is Linear Algebra and Its Applications (fourth edition) by David C. Lay. Please let me know if you're having trouble finding it.
The course grade will be determined as follows:
Homework will be assigned but not collected. The purpose of homework is for you to understand the concepts taught in class and to be able to solve problems on your own, and it is very difficult to succeed in this course without doing the homework!
If you aren't convinced yet, consider this analogy: trying to take a quiz or exam without doing the homework on the concepts tested on it would be like trying to play basketball after just watching tape of other games.
I encourage you to work with your classmates and ask me questions if you get stuck. You are allowed to use calculators and other electronic aids when you do the homework, but I urge you not to rely on them heavily since they will not be permitted on quizzes or exams (rather like your classmates' help!).
Quizzes will be given on most Wednesdays when exams are not (see the schedule). Each week, I will select one homework problem from the set assigned during the previous week and give you about 10 minutes at the beginning of class on Wednesday to copy your solution of that problem neatly. You will be allowed to use your solutions to your homework assignments for assistance, but they must be obviously your solutions (the easiest way to ensure this is to write them in your handwriting). You will have to turn them in with your quiz paper and include the names of the other students you worked with. Of course, you are also welcome to attempt this without your homework solutions, but I warn you that it might not be very easy.
No makeup quizzes will be given, but the lowest quiz score will be dropped.
There will be two midterms and a comprehensive final exam in this class. The midterms will be given in class on October 5 and November 9. The final will be held on Wednesday, December 14. Please avoid making travel arrangements that would not allow you to take this final at the scheduled time. UConn policy is not to allow rescheduling for this sort of reason.
I apply almost the same policy to midterm exams as the final exam: if your reason for missing the midterm would be acceptable as a reason for missing the final, I will arrange for a makeup exam, but not otherwise. The exception is the "Bunched Finals" clause on that page -- I won't reschedule your midterm in a situation like that.
If you're having trouble understanding the course material, you have a few options...
I expect you to be familiar with and abide by UConn's academic integrity policy at all times. There should be no help given or received on quizzes, midterms, or the final exam, and you will not be allowed to use abaci, slide rules, calculators, computers, cell phones, or other electronic or computational aids. The most technologically advanced device you will be allowed to use is a mechanical pencil.
If you have accessibility issues, I encourage you to discuss possible accommodations with me and consult the Center for Students with Disabilities in Room 204 of the Wilbur Cross Building. This office can help determine appropriate accommodations for you.