MATH 4A
Linear Algebra with Applications
Fall 2013
People places and things
 Lecture

MWF 1:001:50 in Campbell Hall.
 Section

Once a week. Attendance is compulsory.
 Text

David C. Lay,
Linear Algebra and Its Applications,
Fourth Edition (Hard bound ISBN: 0321399145).
You may prefer the looseleaf version
available at the bookstore.
A used book,
should suffice,
except
that this will not give you access to the
recommended
supplemental homework.

Some students may find it useful to own the
Student Study Guide for
Linear Algebra and Its Applications,
available at the campus bookstore.
 Instructor
 Stephen Bigelow.
Office hours: MWF 10:3011:30
in South Hall 6514.
 email

<math4af13@math.ucsb.edu>.
Due to the large class size,
it might not be possible to reply to all emails.
 TAs
 TBD
The course
 Prerequisite
 Math 3B or 3BI with a grade of C;
or a score of 3, 4 or 5
on the BC Calculus AP exam.
 Topics
 Systems of linear equations, matrix algebra, determinants, vector spaces and subspaces, basis and dimension, linear transformations, eigenvalues and eigenvectors, diagonalization, and orthogonality.
 TARDIS
 In order to avoid problems with similar names,
bad handwriting, etc.,
you will be given a 4 digit "TARDIS" code
in the first discussion.
The code identifies your TA,
your Regular Discussion section and,
within that, you as an Individual Student.
This number must be printed in
the top right corner of all work
(quizzes and exams).
Any work without a TARDIS
will not be graded.
 Grades

Your grade is based on:
 iClicker: 5%
 Webwork and Quizzes: 15%
 First exam: 20%
 Second exam: 20%
 Final exam: 40%
These are curved and combined to give
a percentage, which is converted to
a letter. See
Professor Scharlemann's explanation
of this procedure.
There are penalties for nonattendance in section.
 Incomplete

If you have some good reason
for not being able to finish the course,
you must complete a form and give it to the registrar
before 4pm the day before the final.
An incomplete usually becomes an F
after one quarter unless you complete before then.
 i>Clicker

You should purchase an
i>Clicker
and bring it to all lectures.
You must
register or reregister
it using your perm number.
Either
i>Clicker1
or
i>Clicker2
can be used.
 WebWork

The required homework is done using
WebWork
,
available through
GauchoSpace
.
Each week's homework assignment is due
by 6:00 am on the following Monday.
For example homework on Sections 1.11.3
is due by 6:00 am on the morning of
Monday October 7.
 MyMathLab

Optional extra homework is available at
MyMathLab
.
The site requires an individual access code
(typically bundled with the book)
and the course number.
Crashers can get free access for 17 days.

MyMathLab homework is graded immediately online.
It not count towards your grade in the course,
but it will be needed to master the material.
 Exams
 There will be two exams during the quarter,
and one final exam.
 Friday October 18.
 Friday November 15.
 Wednesday December 11, 47pm
You must bring to every exam:
a bluebook,
a convincing photo identification,
your seat assignment,
and your TARDIS code.
You may bring a 3by5 inch notecard,
but
no calculator or other electronics.

If you miss a midterm or quiz due to
illness you should bring your TA a note.
The note can be from a medical worker
or any person in a position of
responsibility. If you know you will miss
an exam or quiz tell your TA before the
event. In either case, at the discretion
of the TA you will be given an average
for the missed work based on work you
did. Check your schedule now, for
there will be no makeup exams.
 Section

By departmental policy, attendance at
your regular discussion section is
mandatory.
If you miss two discussion sections,
your grade will be lowered by 1/3
(eg., B+ becomes B, B becomes C+).
For each further two missed, your grade
will be lowered another 1/3 of a grade.
However if your course grade is an A or an A+,
these penalties do not apply.

If necessary, you might be able to
switch discussion sections.
You need permission from both TAs involved,
and a new TARDIS.
Do not drop and reregister.
Officially you will be in the original section,
but you will attend and be graded in the new one.
 Waitlist

If you are having trouble getting in to the course,
sign up for the
waiting list.
You should enroll in the GauchoSpace
page for the course, participate in
lecture with an iClicker, and do the
WebWork homework online via GauchoSpace.
If you subsequently enroll in a
different section than the one you were
crashing, make sure that both TAs know
about this so that your grades may be
properly recorded.
Resources
Lecture
You should come to lecture.
Attendance is recorded by i>Clicker.
More importantly,
some material
or announcments about course procedures
might be presented only in class.
Reading
You should read relevant sections of the book
before you come to lecture.
I will follow a similar schedule to
Professor Scharlemann's
Winter 2013 schedule.
Gauchospace
You should regularly check the course webpage on
GauchoSpace.
Help
You are encouraged to take advantage of the following.
 Office hours of the TA.
 Office hours of the Professor.

Math Lab
(not to be confused with MyMathLab)
is staffed by TAs waiting to help you.

CLAS,
the Campus Learning Assistance Service.