Syllabus for MA303 - Section 001,  Fall 2021

Linear Analysis

The course meets in 159 Kilgore Hall on Tuesday and Thursday between 3:00pm and 4:15pm

1. Instructor:
Dr. Semyon V. Tsynkov
Office Hours: VIRTUALLY via zoom on Tuesday and Thursday 5:30pm - 6:00pm and by appointment (email ahead of time whether you plan to attend)
E-mail address:

2. Textbook (mandatory):

  • N. J. Rose, Introduction to Linear Analysis, Department of Mathematics, NCSU, Fall 2021, by Tailored Text (earlier editions are fine as well)

  • 3. Content delivery: Lectures will be delivered face to face in 159 Kilgore Hall. Everything else will be done online, including office hours and tests/exams. The information on how to connect to zoom for office hours is provided in Wolfware. Lectures will be recorded and made available via Panopto for subsequent asynchronous viewing. Exams will be given in Moodle and homework assignments will also be collected in Moodle. Both Panopto and Moodle are accessed via Wolfware.

    4. Grading Policy: Three midterm tests will be administered throughout the semester, they will comprise 60% of your overall grade (20% each test). Homework (all of it - see item 6) will count toward another 10%. The remaining 30% will come from the final exam (cumulative). The final exam for this class has been scheduled for Tuesday, December the 7th, between 3:30pm and 6:00pm (check the general examination schedule for Fall 2021). Your numerical grade (which may be non-integer) will be converted to a letter grade as follows: 97 and above is A+, starting from 93 and below 97 is A, starting from 90 and below 93 is A-. Similar for the B, C, and D ranges. Anything below 60 is F.

    5. Tests: All three midterm tests, as well as the final exam, will be administered in multiple choice format. They will include bonus questions, so in principle one can earn more than 100 points on each test. Extra points earned on one test may compensate for points missed on another test (final exam is included both ways), subject to the percentage weights outlined in item 4.

    6. Homework will be assigned weekly throughout the semester and a due date will be specified for each assignment. Each assignment will be collected and graded partially (one or two problems from the set). If you do not submit a given assignment by 11:59pm on the day it is due, there will be an additional period of time during which you can still submit it to receive 50% of the credit. If you miss the submission window entirely, or miss the specific problem(s) that are graded, you will not receive any credit for the assignment. There is no partial credit for homework exercises. Any imperfections in your submitted solution(s) that go beyond the minor typos will make the entire solution incorrect.

    7. Submission of your work: Homework assignments will need to be uploaded to Moodle. Computer typeset papers are preferred (PDF of MS Word); handwritten papers scanned to a PDF will be accepted as long as the handwriting is legible. (Note that, scanning and photographing are not quite the same, see item 10. It is important that you upload your homework paper as one file. Separate photographs of individual pages will not be accepted.)
    Tests will open on Moodle five minutes before the scheduled time. All multiple choice questions will need to be answered directly on Moodle. Each multiple choice question has only one correct answer. There is no partial credit for any of the test questions.

    8. Topics and estimated days allocated to each topic:

  • Course schedule in Microsoft Word

  • Course schedule in PDF

  • 9. Schedule of homework:

  • Homework assignments

  • 10. Technology requirements: You will need to have a personal computer (or tablet, such as an iPad or Android) with Internet access to participate in zoom office hours and be able to submit your homework, take tests, and stream/download the recorded course content. Mobile phones are not recommended for those purposes. You will also need the capacity to scan documents should you choose to submit homework in handwritten form, see item 7. Many smartphones offer a scanning capability. For example, on an iPhone you can use the Notes app - tap the camera icon and choose Scan Documents. On an Android phone, you can scan using the Google Drive app.

    11. Additional information related to COVID-19:

  • Microsoft Word

  • PDF

  • Please note that, following the Community Standards outlined in the above document, in particular, wearing a face mask, is absolutely essential. Should you refuse to comply with the Community Standards, you will be required to leave the class and may also become subject to an administrative and/or disciplinary action.

  • 12. Reasonable accommodations will be made for students with verifiable disabilities. Please note that concerns/fears about COVID-19 do not constitute a disability. A common example of accommodations for students with verifiable disabilities is extended time on tests. In order to take advantage of the available accommodations, students must register with Disability Services for Students at 1900 Student Health Center, Campus Box 7509, 515-7653. For more information on NC State's policy on working with students with disabilities, please see the Academic Accommodations for Students with Disabilities Regulation (REG02.20.1).

    When completing all course assignments, students must adhere to NC State academic integrity standards, as per the Code of Student Conduct policy (NCSU POL11.35.1).
    Students are responsible for reviewing the PRRs which pertain to their course rights and responsibilities. These include:
    Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination Policy Statement,
    Code of Student Conduct,
    and Grades and Grade Point Average.