MAS 4105 Linear Algebra 1 – Spring 2017

Section 14G8, Little 221. MTWF 4th period

Section 3169, Little 221, MTWF 5th period

Professor Bruce H. Edwards

409 Little Hall
(352) 294-2303

Office Hours

Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:00 – 10:30. Also by appointment.

Daily Schedule — Topics and homework


Grade of C or better in Calculus 3, and C or better in either MAS 3300 or MHF 3202


Linear Algebra, 4th edition, by Friedberg, Insel, and Spence, Prentice Hall, 2003.
We will cover most of Chapters 1 – 6.

Course Description

MAS 4105 is a 4 credit course that stresses the theoretical aspects of the following topics:
vector spaces, linear transformations, linear equations and matrices, determinants,
inner products, eigenvalues, projections, and least squares. The course serves both as a
transition for the mathematics major from a study of techniques into
more conceptual mathematics, and as a coherent foundation in linear algebra for engineering and
science majors. The student is expected to reason through and coherently write up proofs of
theorems, as well as develop computational skills. However, computational skills are not
stressed as much as in MAS 3114, Computational Linear Algebra. MAS 4105 is designed to serve majors
in mathematics and those engineering and science students interested in the theoretical aspects of the subject.


Written Work and Participation

Exercises from the text will be assigned and discussed in class. Some homework problems
will be turned in and graded.  You must work alone on these graded problems.
You should be prepared every day to participate in class discussions.
Up to 5 bonus participation points can be earned.


There will be 20 unannounced 2-point quizzes given throughout the semester.
The best 16 scores will determine your quiz total.

Tests (Written medical documentation is required for makeup tests.)

Test 1: Friday, January 27
Test 2: Wednesday, February 22
Test 3: Friday, March 24
Test 4: Monday, April 17

200 Total Points

  • Four 40-point tests: 160
  • 16 2-point quizzes: 32
  • Homework: 8


  • A: 90 – 100%
  • A-: 87 – 89.99%
  • B+: 84 – 86.99%
  • B: 80 – 83.99%
  • B-: 77 – 79.99%
  • C+: 74 – 76.99%
  • C: 70 – 73.99%
  • D: 60 – 69.99%
  • E: 0 – 59.99%

University Resources and Policies

Students with disabilities requesting accommodations should first register with
the Disability Resource Center (352-392-8565) by providing appropriate
documentation. Once registered, students will receive an accommodation
letter which must be presented to the instructor when requesting
accommodation. Students with disabilities should follow this procedure
as early as possible in the semester.

UF students are bound by The Honor Pledge which states, “We, the members of the
University of Florida community, pledge to hold ourselves and our peers to the highest
standards of honor and integrity by abiding by the Honor Code. On all work submitted for
credit by students at the University of Florida, the following pledge is either required or
implied: “On my honor, I have neither given nor received unauthorized aid in doing this
assignment.” The Honor Code specifies a number of behaviors that are in violation of this code
and the possible sanctions. Furthermore, you are obligated to report any condition that
facilitates academic misconduct to appropriate personnel. If you have any questions or concerns,
please consult with the instructor or TAs in this class.”