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Unformatted text preview: MATH 340 SYLLABUS, Spring Semester, 2005-06 Academic Year Lec. 1, TR 9:30–10:45 AM, B239 Van Vleck Hall Prof. Richard A. Brualdi Text is: Office: 725 Van Vleck Hall Linear Algebra, 2nd ed. by J.H. Kwak and S. Hong Tel: 262-3298; E-mail: [email protected] Office Hours: Mon (3:30–4:30 PM), Tues. (11:00 AM–12:00 noon), Thurs. (8:30–9:00 AM) WWW: http://www.math.wisc.edu/˜brualdi TA: Guillermo Mantilla (Office Hours to be determined) Course Description This is a first course in linear algebra—systems of linear equations, matrix theory with computations and applications, determinants, vector spaces, linear trans- formations, inner product spaces, and eigenvalues/eigenvectors. Study Habits If you are coming into this course, as most students are, having just finished the calculus sequence, you will notice some change in emphasis from the problem-oriented calculus. There are many ideas and concepts in this course that we will explore and inter- relate. We will explain some proofs, in order to understand the implications of the various ideas and their dependency on each other. You will be expected to do some simple proofs relating the various concepts and ideas. Of course, we also want to be able to compute and solve problems. There are software tools for solving problems, notably MatLab. We will not explain MatLab in this course. Once you understand the ideas, then solving problems in MatLab is a breeze, but you have to know what answers mean, how to interpret them, how to use them, etc. and this is what you will learn in this course. There are three resources for you for learning the material in this course: the lecture, the book, and the discussion session assigned to you each week. It is important that you make use of each of these different resources. In the lecture I will be less formal than the book and will try to motivate you to study and understand the material in the book. Ideally, you should do a first reading of the sections covered in the book before they are discussed in lecture. In the discussion sessions, the TA will answer your questions and go over problems/exercises—this is basically a weekly problem session. We will be moving at a good pace so it is importantis basically a weekly problem session....
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