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MA 2071Linear Algebra A term 2000

Text: Bernard Kolman, Introductory Linear Algebra

Professor: W. Farr, 109B Stratton, X5496, E-mail - bfarr
Office Hours: MTThF 9-11, or by appointment
TA: Xuemin Tu, SH 204, E-mail - tuxm
PLAs: Kevin Dickert (kad), Michelle Jennings (mljenn), Yakov Kronrod (yakov), Pierre De Galbert (pierre), Tim Sutherland (tims)

About this Course

The goals of this course are as follows.

Linear algebra is an essential part of the mathematics, science and engineering disciplines. The material in this course will be very important in your future studies.

Course Structure

This course meets four times a week for lectures, where the basic concepts will be introduced. There is also one conference section per week. In these sessions you will work in small groups, aided by Pear Learning Assistants. The PLA's are there to facilitate your learning; they are not there to do the homework problems for you.

Material to be covered

Week 1
Linear equations and matrices
Secs. 1.1-1.4
Week 2
More on linear systems, determinants
Secs. 1.5, 1.6, 2.1,2.2
Week 3
Vectors and linear transformations
Secs. 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.6
Week 4
Vector spaces, subspaces, linear independence, basis
Secs. 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4
Week 5
Homogeneous systems, rank of a matrix, change of basis
Secs. 4.5, 4.6, 4.7
Week 6
Orthonormal bases, Eigenvalues and eigenvectors
Secs. 4.8, 5.1, 5.2
Week 7
Overflow and review

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