Math 314  --  Matrix Theory
Section 004
Fall 2014

Instructor:   Petronela Radu, AVH 239, 472-9130, E-mail: pradu@math.unl.edu
Office Hours:  
12:30-1:30 pm Monday Wednesday, Tuesday 9:30 - 10:30 am, or by appointment.
Schedule of classes:   10:30-11:20  Monday Wednesday Friday in OLDH 308
Course Summary: This course is both a careful introduction to linear algebra and its applications, and a transition course from computational courses, like calculus, to more theoretical ones. You will need to understand definitions and theorems and be able to apply them and, sometimes, to prove theorems. The material in the course will tend to be more mathematically subtle than that encountered in your previous math courses, and will consequently require a significant effort on your part to master.
The course covers Chapters 1 to 6 of the text: systems of linear equations; matrix algebra, determinants, vector spaces, eigenvalues and eigenvectors, orthogonality, and inner product spaces.
 
Final Exam: A comprehensive final examination is given on Friday, December 19, from 10:00 to noon. You must arrange your personal schedule to permit you to take the exam at the regularly scheduled time.

Syllabus: Here you may find a copy of the tentative syllabus.

Homework: You will find in the syllabus here a list of suggested problems. The problems written in bold will be collected in class on Fridays, starting with the second week of classes. In the case when the homework is not collected, you will be tested on the material through quizzes containing exercises from, or similar to suggested ones.

Quizzes:  During the semester there will be 5--10 quizzes (10-15 min each) from the sections covered in class.  They will contain exercises from, or similar to ones on the list. Their scores will count towards the final grade.

Assessment:  Your final grade will be computed based on the following scheme.
20 % Homeworks and Quizzes
25 % Exam 1
25 % Exam 2
30 % Final Exam

The final letter grade will be computed based on the following table:
Final average
98-100
92-98
88-92
85-88
80-85
77-80
74-77
70-74
67-70
64-67
60-64
55-60
<55
Letter grade
A+
A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F


Course Policy:  Class attendance is expected. If you miss a class it is your responsibility to get the material from your colleagues. Make-up exams or quizzes will be administered only in extreme cases. Cheating will be penalized by at best giving a lower letter for the course grade.


If you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to bring them up!