Math 481/525.   Section 1. Advanced Linear Algebra.  Fall 2007

Instructor: Dr. Susana A. Salamanca-Riba, office SH 260, telephone 646-2305.

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Class meets:
Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:20-11:35 AM in SH 111
Office Hours: Tue, Thu ________ Wed______ in SH 260 (Subj. to change in first week)

Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in Math 331 or consent of instructor.

Text: ``Linear Algebra’’, by K. Hoffman and R. Kunze, Second Edition. Prentice Hall.

Content: We will cover most of chapters 2, 3, 5, 8, 9, 10. We will cover some sections of other chapters and possibly some material from other sources. A tentative outline of sections to be covered with approximate dates will be posted in outline next week.



Midterm 1 tentative date: Thursday, September 27th, 2007


Midterm 2 tentative date: Thursday, November 1st, 2007


Final Exam definite date: Thursday, December 13th, 2007


Conflicts with any of the exam dates should be reported at least two weeks before the test date.

Attendance: You will need to attend regularly in order to do well in this class. If you miss a class, you are responsible for making up the material that was missed. Missing a class is not an excuse for not handing in the homework assignment due at the next class. Arriving in class late and leaving early is disruptive. It interferes with the learning of the other students in the class. Such behavior is not acceptable in this class.

Withdrawals: After missing 3 consecutive homeworks or two weeks of classes I may request the dean of your college to withdraw you from the class. However, it is your responsibility to withdraw from this class if you need to. Do not assume that I will do it for you.

Assignments: Will be assigned regularly roughly every week. Assignments must be turned in before or at the start of the class when it is due. An assignment turned in at the end of the class will be considered late. This is to discourage students to work on it during class time. During class, you need your full attention on what is been currently covered.  I urge you to attempt all the problems on the assignments on your own. You can talk to other students. But do that after you have attempted the problem yourself. The goal of the assignments is that you learn by doing them. They are for you to gain more proficiency in the subject do to well in exams.


Late assignments will not be accepted. The 3 lowest scores of the assignments will be dropped so that you don't have to worry about missing a couple of assignments. If you have a serious illness or other special circumstances that will cause you to miss more assignments, please contact me as soon as possible.

UGrad vs. Graduate Students:  In principle, the undergraduate students are required to work on the same problems as the graduate students with some exceptions, but the grading and the curve will be more lenient.

If you miss a test, a medical certificate or university excuse is required for a makeup. Unless it is an unforeseen circumstance, I need the excuse two weeks before the date of the exam.
The types of questions in this exam will be similar to those in the other tests and in the assignments. The final exam is on ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Thursday, December 13th, 10:30-12:30

The minimum standard for an S grade in the course will be a C average.

Calculators: A graphing calculator will rarely be needed. It is not likely they will be allowed in tests. So, keep this in mind when doing your homework

Academic misconduct: No behavior in class that interferes with the education of fellow classmates will be tolerated. If there is a problem I will try to address it immediately. If the problem persists I will take appropriate measures. This includes also the question of plagiarism. The procedures to follow are outlined in
Plagiarism: I take cheating very seriously. Everyone, whether intentionally or unintentionally involved in cheating will be equally guilty of academic misconduct and subject to consequences. For more information see

Help: Feel free to ask questions in class or come by my office.
Wireless devices: Cell phones, messaging and personal data assistants (PDA) must be turned off during class and examination periods.

Disabilities: Feel free to call Jerry Nevarez, Director of Institutional Equity, at 505-646-3635 with any questions you may have about NMSU's Non-Discrimination Policy and complaints of discrimination, including sexual harassment.
Feel free to call Michael Armendariz, Coordinator of  Services for Students with Disabilities, at 505-646-6840 with any questions you may have on student issues related to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and/or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.  All medical information will be treated confidentially.




 The current University definition of plagiarism can be found at


It reads as follows:

Plagiarism is using another person’s work without acknowledgment, making it appear to be one’s own.  Any ideas, words, pictures, or other intellectual content taken from another source must be acknowledged in a citation that gives credit to the source.
This is irrespective of the origin of the material, including the Internet, other students’ work, unpublished materials, or oral sources.  Intentional and unintentional instances of plagiarism are considered instances of academic misconduct. It is the responsibility of the student submitting the work in question to know, understand, and comply with this policy.
If no citation is given, then borrowing any of the following * would be an example of plagiarism:

o        an idea or opinion, even when put into one’s own words (paraphrase)

o        a few well-said words, if these are a unique insight

o        many words, even if one changes most of them

o        materials assembled by others, for instance quotes or a bibliography

o        an argument

o        a pattern of ideas

o        graphs, pictures, or other illustrations

o        facts

o        all or part of an existing paper or other resource

*This list is not meant  to include all possible examples of plagiarism.