MATH 2131 - Linear Algebra Labs w/MATLAB - University of Houston
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MATH 2131 - Linear Algebra Labs w/MATLAB

***This is a course guideline.  Students should contact instructor for the updated information on current course syllabus, textbooks, and course content***

Text:  Linear Algebra and Its Applications (5th Edition) [Hardcover], David C. Lay. ISBN­: 9780321982384

Prerequisite: Credit for, or concurrent enrollment in, MATH 2331.

Course Description: This course is intended for Math majors. These labs reinforce key concepts of linear algebra using a variety of class-tested MATLAB exercises. No prior knowledge of, or experience with, MATLAB is required. MATLAB commands will be introduced gradually.

Software: MATLAB Student Version (preferably R2015B version or higher)

Course Objectives:

At the completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Understand basic MATLAB structure and functions.
  2. Enter and manipulate different types of matrices and functions of matrices in MATLAB.
  3. Understand how to read in and manipulate data from external sources such as text files in
  4. Be able to apply fundamental principles of Linear Algebra to application in MATLAB pro-


Course Policies:

  • General:
    • Students are expected to gain access to the online classroom prior to the beginning of the second week of courses. Students are expected to contact UIT to resolve any issues they may experience.
    • Students are expected to download the MATLAB Student Version R2015B or higher from UIT courseware and create an account with MATLAB prior to the beginning of the second week of courses. This software is freely available to all students enrolled at the University of Houston. Students are expected to contact UIT to resolve any issues they may experience
  • Grades:
    • Grades in the " C " range represent performance that meets expectations; Grades in the B range represent performance that is substantially better than the expectations; Grades in the " A " range represent work that is excellent.
    • Grades will be maintained on Blackboard. Students are responsible for tracking their progress by referring to the online gradebook.
  • Projects and Assignments:
    • Students are encouraged to work with peers. However, students are expected to turn in their own projects and assignments. A student may not turn in another’s work or code as their own work! Do not simply copy! Offering and accepting exact solutions from others is an act of plagiarism, which is a serious offense and all involved parties will be penalized according to the Academic Honesty Policy.
  • Attendance and Absences:
    • Attendance will not be taken regularly. However, it is imperative for your understanding and clarity on assignments and projects that you attend class.
    • Students are responsible for all missed work, regardless of the reason for absence. It is also the absentee’s responsibility to get all missing notes or materials.




CSD Accommodations:

Academic Adjustments/Auxiliary Aids: The University of Houston System complies with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, pertaining to the provision of reasonable academic adjustments/auxiliary aids for students who have a disability. In accordance with Section 504 and ADA guidelines, University of Houston strives to provide reasonable academic adjustments/auxiliary aids to students who request and require them. If you believe that you have a disability requiring an academic adjustments/auxiliary aid, please visit The Center for Students with DisABILITIES (CSD) website at for more information.

Accommodation Forms: Students seeking academic adjustments/auxiliary aids must, in a timely manner (usually at the beginning of the semester), provide their instructor with a current Student Accommodation Form (SAF) (paper copy or online version, as appropriate) from the CSD office before an approved accommodation can be implemented.

Details of this policy, and the corresponding responsibilities of the student are outlined in The Student Academic Adjustments/Auxiliary Aids Policy (01.D.09) document under [STEP 4: Student Submission (5.4.1 & 5.4.2), Page 6]. For more information please visit the Center for Students with Disabilities Student Resources page.

Additionally, if a student is requesting a (CSD approved) testing accommodation, then the student will also complete a Request for Individualized Testing Accommodations (RITA) paper form to arrange for tests to be administered at the CSD office. CSD suggests that the student meet with their instructor during office hours and/or make an appointment to complete the RITA form to ensure confidentiality.

*Note: RITA forms must be completed at least 48 hours in advance of the original test date. Please consult your counselor ahead of time to ensure that your tests are scheduled in a timely manner. Please keep in mind that if you run over the agreed upon time limit for your exam, you will be penalized in proportion to the amount of extra time taken.



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