NOTE THAT THIS IS AN OLD SYLLABUS: FALL 2014
Matrix algebra and linear algebra really refer to the same subject. The term matrix algebra suggests a more concrete point of view for an introduction
to the subject: matrices are a useful computational tool in linear
algebra. You can get a treatment of the subject that is more theoretical (and more extensive) in Math 429 (Linear Algebra).
This course contains a
fair amount of computation to help understand the ideas. These
computations help you to understand the ideas and how they can be used
 but do realize that these computations are much more "smallscale" than
often appear in real world applications where a lot of computing power
may be needed, even though the underlying mathematical ideas are exactly the
same.
This course, however, involves more than cookbook calculations. It will require learning some new and more abstract
ideas. It will be important to actually learn some definitions
and statements of theorems, more so than in the typical introductory
calculus courses. So this may take some adjustment in your study
habits.
You should definitely read the guidelines How to Study Linear Algebra which the author of the text has provided. His suggestions are "right on target" !
You can access the syllabus in two ways: by going directly to the syllabus online, or by signing on to Blackboard where there are links into the syllabus. It's entirely up to you which way you do it.
Most of the important information for the course will be posted within the syllabus. In
particular, course
updates will be posted on the page "Announcements and Weekly
Schedule." That is the syllabus page you will open most frequently,
since it will be updated a few times each week as the course goes
on. Exceptions: scores for written homework and exams will be recorded directly into Blackboard and you'll need to view them there, and WebWorK scores can be viewed only from within WebWorK.
Important reminders will also be made available via email to the whole class.

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Feedback to Professor Freiwald. Of course, I'd really
prefer open
feedback and
discussion about the course at any time. However,
this link is provided as a way for students to offer suggestions and
comments anonymously. I'll keep this link here as long as it's
used constructively
used. (I can't
directly respond, of course, to your
anonymous email.)
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Integrity This
link gives the general University policies about academic integrity. Of course no communication or
collaboration in any form is allowed during an exam. See the links above about Homework and about Exams for additional academic integrity information for this course.
