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Review 1 Solutions (19 pages pdf file)
S.H. Friedberg, A.J. Insel, L.E. Spence, Fourth Edition.
Prentice Hall, 2003.
We will cover most of the material in Chapters 1-6, and time permitting some of the material in Chapter 7. There are many other introductory books in linear algebra. Reading from other sources is always very valuable. We recommend Linear Algebra Done Right by Sheldon Axler, Second Edition, Springer, 1997; and Introduction to Linear Algebra by Gilbert Strang, Fourth Edition, Wellesley Cambridge Press, 2009.
This is a course on linear algebra. We will study
Prerequisites: You need some mathematical maturity. We list as a prerequisite multivariable calculus: Math 264, or permission from the instructor. However, if you have had prior experience with matrices (like Math 314, or Math 316), or with proofs (like Math 327) it will help.
The problems and exercises in the textbook are an
integral part of the course. You should do as many as possible. I will
occasionally provide exercises or problems that are not in the textbook.
In those occasions, solutions to the problems will be posted in the webpage.
Homework will be collected and returned every Tuesday in section meetings, starting on Tuesday, January 26, 2010. There will be twelve assignments. Each homework will consist of about ten problems of varying difficulty (both computational and theoretical). Occasionally you will have the opportunity to turn in bonus problems. The Homeworks will be posted on the Web, so you will have to check the course webpage every week. Only four of the questions, chosen at random, will actually be graded, however it is strongly recommended that you attempt all the questions in the assignment, and that you take advantage of the office hours provided by the instructor and the teaching assistant to help you get through them. Working in groups is a great idea, but after discussing and solving problems, each one of you should write the solutions on your own. There are many resources on the web, many handbooks/book on linear algebra, you are more than welcome to explore these resources, however, should you find a solution to a problem in any of the above, you should reference properly your source. If the grader identifies identical solutions, the grade will be split among the students involved and a warning will be issued.
Exams: There will be one midterm before Spring break (March 11, 2010) (Midterm 1) and a final exam on Tuesday May 11, 2010 from 10:00-12:00m.
Grades: Grades will be based on homeworks/quizes, one midterm and a final exam. The grading policies will be discussed in class.
Important Dates: Fall 2010 deadlines, Fall 2010 finals schedule .
Americans with Disabilities Act: Qualified students with disabilities needing appropriate academic adjustments should contact me as soon as possible to ensure your needs are met in a timely manner. Handouts are available in alternative accessible formats upon request.
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Last updated: January 18, 2010