About the course: This is a first course in linear algebra—systems of linear equations, matrix theory with computations and applications, determinants, vector spaces, linear transformations, inner product spaces, and eigenvalues/eigenvectors.
In order to do well in this course it will help to have a good study ethic.
Special goal: One of the goals of this course is to teach everybody how to write mathematics well.
MWF 12:05-12:55 in B105 Van Vleck
Text: The textbook for the course is
Office hours: MWF 9:45-10:45 in 711 Van Vleck and TTh 12:15-1:15pm in B235 Van Vleck. If you are having any problems, questions or concerns please come talk about it. If you do not keep me informed I cannot help.
Grading: The term grade will be based on homework and the exams as follows: Homework: 8% Each midterm: 20% Final Exam: 32%. Final grades are computed by totalling the points from the homework, the midterms and the final. Grade letters will be assigned with the following curve as a guideline: 20% A's, 30% B's, 30% C's, 20% D's and F's.
Homework: Homework will be weekly, due by 9am on Wednesdays. All claims that you make in your homework MUST BE PROVED in order to receive credit.
Vocabulary lists: One of the challenges when one is first starting to learn mathematics writing, is to remember the rules of the game (the definitions). This EXTREMELY IMPORTANT part of mathematical writing is easy since it is just regurgitation.
Exams: There will be three 50 minute in-class midterms: October 5, November 2 and November 30. There will be a 2 hour final exam at 5:05pm Monday December 17 in Van Vleck Hall B105. The final exam will be cumulative.
Syllabus: The following are the topics to be covered.