MATH 2135, Linear Algebra
Winter 2013
Peter Selinger

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Course Description: This course is a continuation of Math 2030 with an emphasis on foundations and the theory of vector spaces and linear transformations. Additional topics include symmetric and orthogonal transformations, bilinear forms, inner product spaces, and various applications in mathematics, physics and computer science.

Instructor: Prof. Peter Selinger
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Chase Building, Room 303
Email: (please mention "2135" in the subject line)
Lectures: MWF 1:35-2:25, LSC C208
Website: Updated information, assignments, any handouts, etc., will be available from
Office Hours: Mondays 10:30-11:30, Wednesdays 2:30-3:30.
Prerequisites: Prerequisites: Math 2030 and Math 1000.
Exclusions: Math 2040.
Textbook: Seymour Lipschutz and Marc Lipson. Schaum's Outlines on Linear Algebra. 4th edition, McGraw-Hill, 2009.
Course Work: There will be an in-class midterm and a final exam. The midterm is scheduled for Monday, February 18 in class. There will also be weekly homework, to be handed in at the beginning of class on Fridays. From each homework set, I will choose some number of problems that will be graded. Late homework will not be accepted except with my prior permission. Each week, you will also be assigned some reading from the textbook.
Marks: Marks will be based on the homework, midterm, and final exam. Class participation may be taken into account. The homework counts 25%, the midterm counts 25%, and the final exam counts 50%. You need to pass the final exam in order to pass the course. Numerical grades are converted to letter grades via the standard Faculty of Science scheme: 90-100 = A+, 85-89.9 = A, 80-84.9 = A-, 75-79.9 = B+, 70-74.9 = B, 65-69.9 = B-, 62-64.9 = C+, 58-61.9 = C, 55-57.9 = C-, 50-54.9 = D, 0-49.9 = F.
Missed test policy: A missed midterm cannot be written at another time. If you miss the midterm without my prior permission, then it will count as a 0. Exceptions are made in two cases: (1) if you obtain my prior permission to miss a midterm, or (2) if you have an officially valid excuse such as a medical doctor's note. In these cases, the weight of the missed midterm will be shifted to the final exam (i.e., the final exam will then count 75% instead of 50%).
Students with disabilities: Students with disabilities should register as quickly as possible at Student Accessibility Services if they want to receive academic accommodations. To do so please phone 494-2836, e-mail, visit, or drop in just outside the Killam Library at 6227 University Avenue.
Plagiarism policy: Plagiarism is a serious academic offence which may lead to loss of credit, suspension or expulsion from the University, or even the revocation of a degree. Please read the Policy on Intellectual Honesty contained in the Calendar or on the Dalhousie web site at:

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