MATH V2010
Linear Algebra
Fall 2015

Section 003
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:10am - 11:25am
405 Milbank Hall (Barnard)

Dave Bayer
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426 Mathematics

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Homework and Exams

Including our final, there will be a total of four exams. Course grades will be determined by these exams, and four graded problem sets:

Makeup exams will only be given under exceptional circumstances, and require a note from a doctor or a dean.

Each problem set will consist of model exam questions, distributed via Courseworks drop boxes. Homework can be handed in online using your CourseWorks drop box, or after class, or using our math department homework box. Homework is due at the latest by the start of each exam; it is in your interest to complete the homework sooner. Each problem will be scanned, graded, and returned as a PDF file. Collaboration on problems is encouraged, but each student must submit their own work.

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Preparation for Exams

The following pages are study guides for each exam. After each exam, they will be updated with exam solutions, and graphs showing the distribution of scores:


The following is the textbook that our department has chosen for Linear Algebra.

Linear Algebra with Applications, 5/E, by Otto Bretscher. Pearson, 2012. ISBN-10: 0321796977, ISBN-13: 9780321796974. $201 suggested retail price. Columbia University Bookstore, Amazon ($157), or Addall ($49 and up).

This is the recommended text for this course, but students are free to rely on alternate resources, such as earlier editions of this or another text. All graded problem sets will be distributed as PDF files, so this specific text is not needed to complete course requirements. It is however highly recommended that students read this or a similar textbook, while studying outside class.

Course Materials

Linear Algebra Course Materials

This page hosts PDF files from this semester and previous semesters.

Teaching Assistants

Our teaching assistants are:

Here is a link to the Columbia Help Room schedule.


This calendar gives our schedule of classes and exams.

For many schools, October 13, 2015 is the last day to drop a class, and November 19, 2015 is the last day to P/D/F or withdraw from a class. Check with your school’s academic calendar to confirm these dates.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
7 Sep 8 9 10 11
14 Sep 15 16 17 18
21 Sep 22 23 24 25
28 Sep 29   Exam 1    30 1 Oct 2
5 Oct 6 7 8 9
12 Oct 13 14 15 16
19 Oct 20 21 22   Exam 2    23
26 Oct 27 28 29 30
2 Nov 3 4 5 6
9 Nov 10 11 12 13
16 Nov 17 18 19   Exam 3    20
23 Nov 24 25 26 27
30 Nov 1 Dec 2 3 4
7 Dec 8 9 10 11
14 Dec 15 16 17 18
21 Dec 22   Final    23 24 25