University at Albany, College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Mathematics and Statistics

AMAT 220: Linear Algebra, Fall 2014


Prof. Marco Varisco, (how to email a professor),
Office: ES-120C, Office Hours: MWF 9:20–10:15, or by appointment.


MWF 10:25–11:20 in ES-146.


Linear equations, matrices, determinants, finite dimensional vector spaces, linear transformations, Euclidean spaces. (See the University Bulletin.)

Textbook coverTextbooks

David C. Lay, Linear Algebra and Its Applications, fourth edition, Addison-Wesley, 2012.

You have the option to buy the textbook together with access to MyMathLab — the online homework and grading system used for this course — or to buy only the access to MyMathLab. Access to MyMathLab includes access to an electronic version of the textbook.


AMAT 113. (See the University Bulletin.)

Grading & Examinations

Homework will be assigned regularly on MyMathLab from the exercises in the textbook. To enroll in our course on MyMathLab, click here. The course ID is varisco68935. You may then enter or purchase (for $95.20, including also the ebook) an access code, or start a free trial until Sunday, September 7. Before September 7 you will need to obtain an access code to continue using MyMathLab. Be sure to check MyMathLab regularly for homework assignments as well as for all course announcements. Do all the homework, and then some — mathematics is not a spectator sport!

There will be at least twelve quizzes, mostly consisting of questions from the homework and statements of definitions/theorems. The two lowest scores will be dropped, and no make-up quizzes will ever be given.

Please contact me as soon as possible if you cannot make one of the exams. Retroactive or last-minute requests for a make-up exam or a reweighing of the examination grades will be ignored.

Of course, you are expected to follow the University’s Standards of Academic Integrity and Medical Excuse Policies.

This syllabus is subject to change. All official announcements and assignments are given in class, and this web page may not be up to date.
Marco Varisco.