University at Albany, College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Mathematics and Statistics

AMAT 220: Linear Algebra, Fall 2017


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-143.


Introduction to linear algebra (see the University Bulletin).

Main topics

Textbook cover


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.


AMAT 113: Calculus II (see the University Bulletin).

Grading & Examinations

Homework will be assigned regularly on MyMathLab from the exercises in the textbook. Beginning on Monday, August 28, you may enroll in our course on MyMathLab here. The course ID is varisco10103. You may then enter or purchase (for $103.95, including also the ebook) an access code, or start a free trial until Sunday, September 10. Before September 10 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.

Reasonable accommodations will be provided for students with documented physical, sensory, systemic, medical, cognitive, learning, and mental health (psychiatric) disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring accommodation in this class, please notify the Disability Resource Center ( Upon verification and after the registration process is complete, the DRC will provide you with a letter that informs me that you are a student with a disability registered with the DRC and lists the recommended reasonable accommodations.

Of course, you are expected to follow the University’s Standards of Academic Integrity and Medical Excuse Policies. We refer to the University Bulletin for the policies on incomplete grades.

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.