Welcome to Math 2114, Introduction to Linear Algebra

CRN 85432 Tue / Thur 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM Johnston Student Center (GBJ) 100


Evgeny Savel'ev (savelev@vt.edu)

Course Content

This course is an introduction to the fundamental concepts of linear algebra. The main objectives of the class are conceptual understanding and computational proficiency. The course will give exposure to concepts of vectors, vector spaces, matrices and operations defined for these objects. For some results proofs will be given.


Linear Algebra, A Modern Introduction, 4th edition by David Poole with WebAssign.

Office Hours

Wed 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM and Tue/Thur, 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM in McBryde 453


A course average of 90 - 100% guarantees at least an A-, 80 - 89% guarantees at least a B-, 70 - 79% guarantees at least a C-, and 60 - 69% guarantees at least a D-. Pluses or minuses are assigned at my discretion. Work submitted for grade is expected to be written neatly and coherently. All graded work should be kept by the students till the course is over.

Grade Appeals

Any issues with regards to grading must be brought to my attention no later than one week after the graded assignment has been handed back. No appeals will be considered after this one week period.

Final Exam

Final Exam will be given on Wednesday, Dec 20 7:45 AM - 9:45 AM. The final exam is a required class meeting that will not be rescheduled for discretionary reasons, including conflicts with work schedules and with classes and exams at other colleges.

Midterm Tests

There will be 3 in-class tests. The tests will be given tentatively during the weeks 5,10 and 14. In general, make-up tests will not be given. Each test will be announced at least two weeks in advance.


Homework will be assigned tentatively twice per week. The average grade for the homework will count for 15% of the grade.
Honor Policy Exception: You may use your book, your notes, appropriate software (Excel, Matlab, Mathematica, etc.) or other books when preparing homework. You may discuss your solutions with other students or me. (Discussion, however, is not the same as dictation!). However, when preparing your solution, you must work alone, your submission must be your own work and must reflect your current understanding of the material. You may not share written or electronic work with other students in any form.
Homework must be submitted online through Canvas.

WebAssign Quizzes

Online WebAssign quizzes will be assigned roughly every week. It is your responsibility to complete the quizzes on time, so make sure you are aware of any upcoming deadlines.
Do not use WebAssign communication facilities, please use Canvas or e-mail to contact me directly.


All communication, announcements, distribution of class materials will be done using Canvas. Please make sure to check Canvas site periodically to stay up do date with the progress of the class.


Attendance is not counted in calculation of your grade. The students are responsible for any material covered in class and announcements made in class.

Classroom Courtesy

You and your classmates are here to learn, and that happens best in an atmosphere of mutual respect with freedom from distractions and disturbances. All of us should abide by the Virginia Tech Principles of Community. In particular, I expect that you:

If you have any concerns, feel free to bring them to my attention.

Honor Code

The Virginia Tech Honor Code applies to all graded work in this course. Students are responsible for understanding and adhering to the Honor Code. Among other things the Honor Code prohibits giving or receiving unauthorized aid, assistance, or unfair advantage on academic work, and it prohibits plagiarism. Under the Honor Code it is the responsibility of each student to consult with his/her teacher, if necessary, to ensure that the student understands exactly how the Honor Code applies to each piece of graded work.

Accommodations and Special Arrangements

If you need adaptations or accommodations because of a documented disability, if you have emergency medical information to share with me, or if you need special arrangements in case the building must be evacuated, please make an appointment to see me in my office.