Math 314 -- Matrix Theory
Petronela Radu, AVH 239, 472-9130, E-mail: email@example.com
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
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.
During the semester there will be 5--10 quizzes (10-15 min each) from the sections covered in class. They
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:
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
If you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to bring them up!