Unique Number: 55340
Fall/2011
Lecture: TTh 9:30 to 10:45 AM at RLM
6.114
Instructor:
ChiaChieh Chu (Please call me Jay)
Office: RLM 10.132
Tel: 5124711141
Email:
[email protected]
Office Hours:
TTh11:00AM – 12:30PM at my office or by appointment
Text book:
Lorenzo Sadun, Applied Linear Algebra; the Decoupling Principle, second edition.
I. Course Aims and Objectives:
Basically, the course will cover the materials of Chapter 1 thru
Chapter 7 plus part of 8, with occasional skipped sections of the text book. More detail is
provided in tentative schedule listed below. This is a course in serious mathematics, not a
cookbook. As such, results in lecture, and in the book, should generally be proved rigorously.
However, it's not an introtoproof class, and is aimed at an audience of engineers, economists
and physicists (as well as mathematicians), so *writing* proofs should only play a minor role in
the problem sets and exams.
This course carries the Quantitative Reasoning flag. Quantitative Reasoning courses are
designed to equip you with skills that are necessary for understanding the types of quantitative
arguments you will regularly encounter in your adult and professional life. You should therefore
expect a substantial portion of your grade to come from your use of quantitative skills to analyze
realworld problems.
II. Prerequisite and Degree Relevance:
The prerequisite is M341 (or M311) or M340L, with a
grade of C or better, or consent of the instructor. We expect students to have a good feel for
manipulating matrices, especially row reduction, but also taking determinants. We also expect
students to have seen abstract vector spaces and linear transformations, but some rustiness is
expected, and those topics should be reviewed. It is not assumed that students have seen
eigenvalues and eigenvectors; those should be done from scratch.
III. Grading Procedures: Grades
will be based on:
(a)
15%
Homework assignments. You can drop the lowest two grades.
(b)
50%
2 midterm exams, each one for 25%.
(c)
35%
Final exam.
(d)
5%
In class quiz bonus
Homework assignments:
Homework assignments will be posted on blackboard every Thursday
at noon (start from Aug. 25.).
Homework will be collected on the following Thursday during the
lecture.
Midterm and Final exams:
There will be 2 inclass midterm exams. They are scheduled for the
dates:
Tuesday September 20,
and
Tuesday October 25, during the lecture time
. Final is
Friday, December 9, 2:005:00pm.
Save these dates.
No Makeup
exams will be given except
serious illness (with documented proof) or serious personal reason (please discuss with me). No
textbook or calculator is allowed for exams.
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