MA 2071 Linear Algebra A term 2006

Text: David C. Lay, Linear Algebra and its Applications
Either the third edition or the updated third edition.


Professor: W. Farr, 105A Stratton, X5496, E-mail - bfarr
Office Hours: MTTh 9-11, or by appointment
Web page: http://www.math.wpi.edu/Course_Materials/MA2071A06/
PLAs: Tyler Chase (tachase), Jessica Copp (jcopp),
Adam Nakama (nakama), Bogomil Tselkov (bogi)

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 Peer Learning Assistants. The PLAs 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, linear transformations
Secs. 1.4-1.9
Week 3
Linear Models, Inverse of a matrix
Secs. 1.10, 2.1-2.3
Week 4
Determinants, vector spaces
Secs. 3.1, 3.2, 4.1-4.3
Week 5
More on vector spaces
Secs. 4.4-4.9
Week 6
Eigenvalues and eigenvectors
Secs. 5.1-5.3
Week 7
Overflow and review