MATH 340 SYLLABUS, Fall Semester, 200708 Academic Year
Lec. 2, TR 11:00AM–12:15PM, B135 Van Vleck Hall
Prof. Richard A. Brualdi
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Elementary Linear Algebra, 9th ed.
by B. Kolman and D.R. Hill
Tel: 2623298; Email: [email protected]
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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 problemoriented
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 two complementary resources for you for learning the material in this course:
the lecture and the book (I find the book to be a little wordy, but maybe you won’t  it has
lots of examples and, at least in the first two chapters, some redundancy). It is important
that you make use of both of these resources. I expect students to be present at every class.
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