Math 307 Syllabus

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MATH 307
TuTh 11:20 - 12:35, STCT 105
Chad Topaz
Prosper Atukwatse
Teaching Assistants
Computational Linear Algebra
Office hours
MWF 2:00 - 3:30, BASC 106E
Hallee Wong
Detailed textual syllabus
Daily schedule of topics
Linear algebra is a key tool for solving problems in diverse fields. Solving these problems on a large scale requires computers, which poses new challenges.
This is an applied course. The focus is on computational problem solving, not on rigorous proof.
Prerequisite Linear Algebra (Math 250)
Textbook Numerical Analysis (2nd ed.) by Sauer
Computer Access
Online Component
Software RStudio and R
Vector/Matrix Fluency
Algorithm Choice and Evaluation
R Programming
Solve problems
Read and listen to material
Practice and expand skills
Check basic understanding
Independent work
Class time
at least 10 hrs/wk
2.5 hrs/wk
Get personal attention from professor
Discuss and ask questions about material
Invest time
Focus on calculations and concepts
Collaborate when allowed
Attend class
Seek help when needed
Checkpoints (10%) 4 dropped No collaboration, can retake for average grade
Homework (30%) 1 dropped Collaboration allowed with citation
2 in-class midterms (35%) Open book, no collaboration Corrections to regain 1/2 points
Take-home final (25%) One week, open book No collaboration
In case of technical problems, illness, stress, and other issues, the drop policy will apply. Missed/late work will receive a grade of zero, but your lowest four checkpoint scores and lowest homework score will be automatically dropped.
We focus on learning and mastery, reserving discussions of grades only for cases in which I have made a clerical error.
Grade Percentage
Course Component
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We embrace diversity of age, background, beliefs, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, and other visible and non-visible categories. I do not tolerate discrimination.
I want you to succeed in this course. Contact [email protected] for learning accommodations. For personal issues, stress, health problems or life circumstances, contact the Dean's office at x4171. Contact me if you have other special circumstances. I will find resources for you.
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Academic Integrity
The honor code is a cornerstone of our learning community and of this course. This syllabus (above) specifies when collaboration is allowed. It is your responsibility to know and follow academic integrity policies. I will gladly answer any questions you have.