University at Albany, College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Mathematics and Statistics

AMAT/TMAT 222: Honors Linear Algebra, Fall 2016


Prof. Marco Varisco, (how to email a professor),
Office: ES-120C, Office Hours: MWF 10:25–11:20, or by appointment.


MWF 9:20–10:15 in ES-108.


Honors version of linear algebra. Same topics as AMAT220, but topics are covered in more depth and with more emphasis on theory. This course is for students with more than average ability and more than average interest in mathematics. (See the University Bulletin.)

Main topics


David C. Lay, with Steven R. Lay and Judi J. McDonald, Linear Algebra and Its Applications, fifth edition, Pearson, 2016.

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.


A grade of A in AMAT 113 or AMAT 214 together with permission of the instructor, or a grade of B+ in AMAT/TMAT 119 or AMAT/TMAT 218. (See the University Bulletin.)

Grading & Examinations

Homework will be assigned regularly on MyMathLab from the exercises in the textbook. Beginning on Monday, August 29, you may enroll in our course on MyMathLab here. The course ID is varisco89954. You may then enter or purchase (for $99.95, including also the ebook) an access code, or start a free trial until Sunday, September 11. Before September 11 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.