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MA122A, B and C: Introductory Linear Algebra (Fall 2017)

Calendar Description

Vector geometry in R2 and R3; the vector space Rn and its subspaces; spanning sets, linear independence, bases and dimension; dot product in Rn and Cn; systems of linear equations and Gaussian elimination; matrices and matrix operations; matrix inverse; matrix rank; linear transformations in Rn; introduction to determinants, Cramer's rule; introduction to eigenvalues, eigenvectors and diagonalization of real matrices; applications of linear algebra

Instructor (Section A)

Nasir Sohail (PhD)
Office location: LH3064 (Lazaridis Hall)
Telephone: x4900
Office hours: Wednesday noon - 1:30 p.m., Friday noon - 1:30 p.m., or email for appointment.
Email: nsohail@wlu.ca

Instructor (Section B)

Professor Chester Weatherby (PhD)
Office: LH3043 (Lazaridis Hall)
Telephone: x4142
Office Hours: Monday 4 p.m. - 5 p.m., Tuesday 4 p.m. - 5 p.m., Friday 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., or email for appointment.
Email: cweatherby@wlu.ca

Instructor (Section C)

Ping Zhang (DPhil)
Office: LH3065 (Lazaridis Hall)
Telephone: x4902

Office Hours: Tuesday 2 p.m. - 3 p.m., Wednesday 10 a.m. - 11 a.m., Thursday 2 p.m. - 3 p.m., or email for appointment.
Email: pzhang@wlu.ca


  • Section A: Tuesday and Thursday 8:30 a.m. - 9:50 a.m. in LH1010 (Lazaridis Hall)
  • Section B: Tuesday and Thursday 1 p.m. - 2:20 p.m. in BA101 (Bricker Academic Building)
  • Section C: Tuesday and Thursday 4 p.m. - 5:20 p.m. in LH1010 (Lazaridis Hall)

Lab Coordinator

Trevor Saunderson
Office: LH3048 (Lazaridis Hall)
Telephone: x3012
Email: tsaunderson@wlu.ca


Daniel Norman and Dan Wolczuk, Introduction to Linear Algebra for Science and Engineering, 2nd Edition, Pearson, 2012.


Students may only use the approved calculator, Casio FX-300MS Plus required on lab assignments, quizzes, tests, exams, and the final examination. It is available for purchase at the campus bookstore. No other calculator is allowed.


Materials related to this course and the full course outline will be posted on the MA122 MyLearningSpace website. You are responsible for checking here on a regular basis for important announcements.


A final mark out of 100 will be calculated as follows:

  • i-Clicker Questions (participation): 4%
  • Weekly online WeBWorK homework: 7%
  • Bi-Weekly WeBWorK lab quizzes: 7%
  • Bi-Weekly lab assignments: 10%
  • Midterm Test (Monday, Oct. 30, 2017, 7:30 p.m. - 8:50 p.m.): 27%
  • Final Examination (2.5 hours; date and time to be announced): 45%

To be eligible to pass this course, a student must score at least 40% on the final examination. The final mark will be reported as a letter grade in accordance with the conversion table of the current undergraduate calendar.

This document is a summary of the course outline for MA122 and is provided for the convenience of students.