San Francisco State University
Math 325
Fall, 2011
Linear Algebra

Instructor: Dr. Shidong Li
Office: TH 929,    Phone: x81481,  email:
Office Hours:  Tu, Th 10:0 - 11:00, Th 2:00 - 3:00, or by appointment.
Prerequisite:  C or better in Math 227.

Text: Linear Algebra with Applications, by Otto Bretscher, 4E

Topics to be covered:
Chapter 1:  Linear Equations
Chapter 2:  Linear Transformations
Chapter 3:  Subspaces of R^n and Their Dimensions.
Chapter 5:  Orthogonality and Least Squares (5.1, 5.2, 5.4)
Chapter 6:  Determinants (6.1)
Chapter 7:  Eigenvalues and Eigenvectors (7.2 - 7.5)
Chapter 8:  Symmetric Matrices (selected sections/topics, if time permits)

Grading Percentage: 
Homework 10%
Weekly quizzes 30%
Mid-term (tentatively Oct. 20 (Thursday)) 30%
Final Exam (Tuesday, 12/13/2011, 10:45 - 1:15)    30%

Pay attention to Fall's calendar and enrollment/withdraw deadlines

Exam/Quiz policy: Two lowest quiz grades will be dropped from the course grade.  No make-up quiz will be given.  Make-up exams may be allowed should you have verifiable and compelling reason.  In such cases, students are expected to notify the instructor prior to the exam.

Homework are assigned on each lecture.  Students are expected to spend 2-3 hours on each assignment. Working in groups on homeworks to help each other) are encouraged.