Summer 2005 General Session

MATH 355.2 – Linear Algebra


Instructor:  Jillian Martens                               Phone:  713-348-8304

Email:                        Time:  MWF 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Office:  Herman Brown 42                               Location:  Humanities Building 327


Office Hours:  T 1:00 – 3:00 pm, Th 1:30 – 3:00 pm

                                    Course Web Page:


Textbook:  Linear Algebra and Its Applications by David C. Lay, Third Edition


Section Outline up to date, with homework assigned – Click Here


Lecture Notes from July 20


Homework:  Homework problems will be given during most classes.  You are encouraged to work together on the homework problems and to ask questions.  Homework is not pledged, but please try to submit your own write-ups of the problems.

  • 20 homework problems chosen from those given during the week will be due on Fridays by 2 pm.
  • Doing extra homework problems will merit bonus points:  1 percentage point will be added at the end of the semester for each 5 extra satisfactory problems turned in (up to 5 extra points).  Homework will be worth 15% of the total grade.

Homework List Here


Exams:  There will be two midterm exams, each worth 25% of your final grade.  They will be closed book take-home exams and will be handed out on Friday, June 17 and Friday, July 8 and will be due the following Monday mornings by 10 am.  The final exam will be worth 35% of your grade.  It will be a comprehensive take home, closed book exam.  It will be handed out on the last day of class, Wednesday, July 20 and must be turned in by noon on Tuesday, July 26.


Exam #1 Solutions (Microsoft Word document)


Exam #2 Solutions (Microsoft Word document)


Review Sheet (Microsoft Word document)


Final Exam (with no solutions) (Microsoft Word document)


Final Exam Solutions (Microsoft Word document)


Honor Code:  Before enrolling in a Rice University Summer School course, you must understand and agree to abide by the Honor System in place at Rice University.  The existence of such a honor code is why you are allowed to have take-home exams.  Here are some rules for taking such an exam:

  • You must take your exam completely by yourself.  This means no help from other people, no help from electronic devices, and no help from any sort of written document.
  • You must stop taking the test once the allotted time has passed.  Have a clock by your side to ensure you do not go over time.
  • The exam must be taken in one sitting.  Once you stop taking your test, you are done.  Put it in the provided envelope and seal it.
  • You must sign the honor pledge on the front of your exam once you have finished it, stating that you have abided by all of these terms.


The Honor Council’s website is 


Disability Support:  Any student with a documented disability needing academic adjustments or accommodations is requested to speak with me during the first week of class.  All discussions will remain confidential.  Students with disabilities need to also contact Disability Support Services in the Ley Student Center.