Math 314 -- Matrix Theory
Office: AVH 239
Office Hours: 11:00-12:30 Tuesday & Thursday
or by appointment
class: 12:30-1:45 Tuesday & Thursday
Textbook: Linear Algebra and
its Applications, David C. Lay, Third Edition, Addison-Wesley.
Course Summary: This course is
both a careful introduction to linear algebra and its aaplications,
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 during final examination week
(Dec 13—17) at its regularly scheduled time (see UNL “Schedule of
Classes 2004—2005”). 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. There will be no project
this section of the course, so please disregard any mention to it in
Homeworks: You will find here a list of suggested problems.
The homework will not be collected,
but you will be tested on the material through quizzes containing
exercises from, or similar to suggested ones.
During the semester there will be 10 unannounced
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 follwing scheme.
20 % Quizzes
25 % Exam 1
25 % Exam 2
30 % Final Exam
Class attendance is expected.
If you miss a class it is your responsibility to get
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
Sample Problems Test 1
Sample Problems Test 2 ( .ps file)