MAT 145-001 Spring 2005
M, W: , Room: X130
Instructor: Brian Smith
Class website: http://virtual.parkland.edu/bsmith1/mat145/
Textbook: “Linear Algebra with Business Applications,” by Sherbert, Brown, Adawi, and Royer (3rdEdition)
4 one hour exams: 400 pts.
Quizzes: 100 pts.
Final Exam (Comprehensive): 150 pts.
Total Points: 650 pts.
A 90 -100%
B 80 - 89%
C 70 - 79%
D 60 - 69%
F 0 - 59%
will be given daily, but will not be collected.
You must work on the homework EVERYDAY. As much as possible, get any questions that
you may have on the homework answered before coming to the next class. You can see me in my office or go to Peer
You should have one notebook or folder designated for homework in this class. "Homework quizzes" will be given periodically through the semester. During a homework quiz I will ask you to copy a few of your solutions to a separate piece of paper and turn this in. I will then grade these based on how much work is shown and how correct the solutions are. These homework checks will not be announced ahead of time, so you should bring your homework notebook to class everyday.
“Normal quizzes” will be given on a regular basis. These normal quizzes will usually be announced ahead of time.
Exam 1 January 31
Exam 2 February 23
Exam 3 March 28
Exam 4 April 20
(Chapters 1-6) Thursday – May 12th
No make up quizzes will be allowed. Your lowest two quiz scores will be dropped at the end of the semester. If you are absent the day of a test, you will need to contact me prior to class to let me know. When this happens you might be allowed to take the missed exam on your next day of class.
You may only use the computers during times when the whole class has been given an activity using the Derive software. You may not use the computers at any other time (i.e. when a lecture/quiz/exam is taking place). The consequences for using the computers at inappropriate times are as follows:
1st time – a warning
2nd time – a score of 0 on a quiz
3rd time – a 10% deducted from an exam
4th time – a score of 0 on an exam
The attendance policy in this course goes with the policy stated in the Parkland College Catalog. It says: "Regular and prompt attendance is expected at all classes" except in cases involving illness or emergency which should be brought to the attention of the instructor. "Regular attendance and consistent study habits are considered necessary for academic success in college. Faculty members have prerogative of lowering grades for excessive absence."
conduct during examinations, quizzes, or homework checks will not be tolerated
and may result in disciplinary action.
Repercussions can include (but not limited to): a score of 0 for that exam/quiz/ homework,
lowering your semester grade by a letter grade, receiving an F for the
semester, or being expelled from
Material To Be Covered:
We shall cover chapters 1 – 6 in the book. The material will include the following topics:
Basic concepts and techniques of linear algebra: systems of linear equations, inequalities, matrices, determinants, vectors, and eigenvalues; linear algebra applications: linear programming, simplex method, Markov chains, and Leontief models.
If you feel you have a disability for which you may need an academic accommodation (including special testing auxiliary aids, non traditional instructional formats), please inform the instructor as soon as possible and/or contact one of the following for assistance.
Learning Disabilities - Other Disabilities -
Evelyn Brown, Room X-148, Ext. 2587 Norm Lambert , Room A-250, Ext. 2620
Student Email Account:
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General Education Statement:
General education objectives which will be addressed include problem solving, quantitative reasoning, and the use of technology.