MA 301
Linear Algebra

Lectures: Knott Hall 009
MW 6-7:15
Instructor: Dr. Mili Shah (
Knott Hall 316D, x2724
Office Hours: W 2-3pm or by appointment.
Participation: Please contribute to the classroom environment by asking questions and participating in discussions. Your interaction will be considered when assigning borderline grades, as will improving performance throughout the course of the semester.
Grading: 20% Problem Sets, 50% Exams, 30% Final
Problem Sets: There will be problem sets roughly every week due Wednesday at 10pm. Most of the problems will be posted on WeBWorK. These sets will collectively be worth 20% of your total grade. Remember your initial login is your Loyola username and your password is your Loyola ID number.
Exams:Two exams and one final will be given during the semester. You may not use outside resources: calculators, other students, other books, etc. Each exam will constitute 25% of your total grade (50% total) and the final will constitute 30% of your total grade.
Late policy:No work will be accepted late without prior arrangement or a written excuse. Neither exam or final may be made up without prior arrangement or a written excuse.
Text: Serge Lang, Introduction to Linear Algebra, 2nd ed.
Technology: MATLAB will be used extensively in this class. However, I will assume that students have no previous programming experience.
Learning Aims: The objectives for this course:
  1. The student will be able to solve a system of linear equations.
  2. The student will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the concepts of linear independence and linear dependence.
  3. The student will be able to find the eigenvalues and corresponding eigenvectors of a matrix.
  4. The student will be able to demonstrate an understanding of matrix and vector algebra.
Mathematics and Statistics Learning Aims
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Cell Phones: Cell phones are not permitted in class unless in off or silent mode. If a cell phone is seen or heard during class, your next homework will be deducted 2 points
Disabilities: I will happily accommodate any needs you have based upon a disability that is registered with the office of Disability Support Services (DSS). You need to contact me ahead of time for this accommodation. You can contact DSS at 410-617-2062, or