Syllabus for Math 2240 – Introduction to Linear Algebra

Section 101
Summer 2020

Prerequisite: Math 1120 (Calculus II)

Text: Linear Algebra and Its Applications (4th Edition) by David C. Lay, ISBN: 978-0321385178 ("International Edition" cost approx. $15 -- you can go to or for prices)

Note: pdfs of our text are "freely" available online. I cannot vouch for their legality, but they are easy enough to find.

Web Page: My webpage is located here: and
                    our course webpage is located here:

Meeting times: This course is online. However, sometimes we will meet synchronously. Our official meeting time is 10:10am until 12:00pm Monday through Friday.

Final Exam: Our final exam will be held on the last day of class (Tuesday, August 4th).

  Name:Dr. William (Bill) Cook
  Office:Walker Hall 347
  Office Hours:

via Zoom
by appointment
  Office Phone:(828) 262-2367

Technology: You are welcome to use any technology at your disposal to complete class assignments. We will periodically use Maple in class (Maple is a “computer algebra system”) and have Maple based homework sets. I will provide a code so you can install Maple on your own computer (available for most Mac or Windows machines). Alternatively, you can access software by logging onto a campus machine using While I usually design quizzes and exams so they do not require technology, it will be helpful to have ready access to a device/software that can perform basic matrix operations.

Course topics: The course catalog says, “A study of vectors, matrices and linear transformations, principally in two and three dimensions, including treatments of systems of linear equations, determinants, and eigenvalues.” We will be covering most of Chapters 1 – 6 in our text as well as possibly selected portions of Chapters 7 & 8. A tentative course schedule can be found at:

Your term grade will be based on the results of your tests and final exam as well as your scores on quizzes and homework. Here is more information about the individual components of your grade:

Tests and Final Exam: There will be three tests and a cumulative final exam. The dates of the tests listed in the tentative course schedule may change. The actual dates will be announced in class.

Homework & Quizzes: I will post a list of suggested homework problems from the text – these will not be collected. However, even though these homework problems will be not collected, working out all of the suggested problems is strongly recommended. Please ask questions about problems with which you have had difficulty. We will have short quizzes periodically. Quiz problems will be based on the suggested homework. In addition to the quizzes, I may assign several homework projects and/or Maple labs. I encourage you to work on these projects and suggested homework problems with your classmates. However, any work you turn in must be written up by yourself. Do NOT copy your collaborators work and turn it in as your own.

Here are the components of the term grade with their weights:

Tests20% x 3 = 60%
Final Exam20%
Quizzes & Homeworks20%

Attendance: Don't miss class. If you miss class, you are responsible for the material covered during your absence. If you miss a quiz, test/exam, or workshop, you must bring in documentation proving that your absence is excusable or otherwise receive a zero. If a make-up quiz/test/exam is granted, it must be made up before the next quiz/test/exam.

Help! If you need help, please let me know and we can meet via Zoom. Also, you should be aware of the Math Lab – free tutoring for Math 2130 (and other math classes). More information about the Math Lab can be found at The general math lab 2020 Summer Sessions days/times are Monday through Thursday from 5 to 8pm. The lab's Zoom link is:

Fine Print: Copies of the academic integrity code, disability services information, religious observance policies can be found at