Division of Science






Department of Mathematics
The City College of New York
160 Convent Avenue
New York, NY 10031

Phone: (212) 650-5346
Fax: (212) 650-6294

MATH 34600-B: Elements of Linear Algebra


Instructor: Benjamin Steinberg

Lectures: MoWe 9:30AM - 10:45AM, NAC 5/102. Class will be online on ZOOM and exams in-person.

Office: NAC 8/134a

Phone: (212) 650-5482 (but email is preferred!)

Email: bsteinberg@ccny.cuny.edu

Office Hours: Tuesdays 10-11 on ZOOM


  • Linear Algebra with Applications by W. Keith Nicholson, Open Text Lyryx Version 2021-A

Material to be covered (tentative)

  • Chapter 1: Systems of Linear Equations, Sections 1-3
  • Chapter 2: Matrix Algebra, Sections 1-5
  • Chapter 3: Determinants and Diagonalization, Section 1-3,5
  • Chapter 5: Vector Space Rn, Sections 1-2,4,6
  • Chapter 6: Vector Spaces, Sections 1-4
  • Chapter 7: Linear Transformations, Sections 1-2
  • Chapter 8: Orthogonality, Sections 1,(2 partially),6
  • Chapter 9: Change of Basis, Section 1


  • Homework: 7%
  • Webwork: 3%
  • 2 Midterms: 50%
  • Final Exam: 40%

Exam Information

  • Midterms: there will be two in-class midterms. They are tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, October 11 and Monday, November 20.

Midterms will be administered IN-PERSON during class time. The final exam will be scheduled by the university during the exam period.

In general there will be no makeups. At the department's or the instructor's discretion, any makeup exam, including a makeup final, may be administered as an oral examination carried out either in-person or using video-conferencing software (such as Zoom).

No calculators, books, or notes are permitted on any exam. You are required to bring a photo ID.


Bi-weekly (approximately) problem sets will be posted on the course webpage on Blackboard. Homeworks will be graded based on completeness and one or two problems per set will be graded (you will not be told in advance which ones). You may work with other students, but you should indicate who you worked with on which problems. You should write your final solutions yourself. Any outside sources (e.g., the internet) should be properly cited. I expect all homework to be submitted on Blackboard in black and white pdf format as a SINGLE pdf file. You can download the Genius scan or Camscanner apps if you do not have a scanner, as it will let you take a photo and convert it to this format. Photos and jpgs will not be accepted. Homework may only be submitted on Blackboard so that way you can see my written comments. The 2 lowest homework scores will be dropped.

Webwork online homework problems will be assigned frequently. These problems are very useful for your study and Webwork gives you solutions afterwards. Your 3% Webwork grade is based on completeness. If you do 75% of the problems, you will get the full 3%, if you do 50%-74% you will get 2% and if you do 25-49% you will get 1%.

Academic Integrity

All work submitted for this course should be your own unless explicitly stated or acknowledged by you. You are expected to adhere to the CUNY Policy on academic integrity. Violations will be pursued through the appropriate campus mechanisms.

Examples of violations include using online discussion boards, email or messaging apps during quizzes and exams, using online "tutoring" sites or online mathematical software during quizzes and exams.