Professor: David E Speyer, email@example.com
Class: 337 Dennison, Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1-2 PM
Office hours: 2844 East Hall, Monday 2-4, Tuesday 10-11, at other times by appointment
Problem Sets due: Wednesdays in class
Textbook: Linear Algebra with Applications, Fourth edition, Otto Bretscher, ISBN 978-0-13-600926-9
Linear algebra is perhaps the most important field of mathematics for computations and applications. Linear problems turn up at every step of every computation and there are well established, powerful methods to solve them. Linear methods are at the heart of computer graphics, every form of data analysis, and is the first approximation to every problem in every field of science. In this course, we will learn the computational methods, the images and the concepts of linear algebra.
Grading: Your final grade will be made out of 25% Midterm 1, 25% Midterm 2, 40% Final Exam and 10% Homework.
Reading: I will assign reading in the textbook. You are responsible for doing this reading in advance of class. This will allow me to use class time more efficiently to clear up points of confusion and present alternate perspectives.
Vermeer demonstrates an excellent understanding of perspective. Did he know that it could be described using matrices?
Homework Policy: You may collaberate on homework, but you must
write up and turn in your own problem set, and you must disclose any
people with whom you worked. Homework is due Wednesdays in
class. If you cannot turn in your homework at that time, you must
contact me in advance to arrange another time.
You are free to seek help from me, from each other (disclosed as above), and from the tutors at the Mathlab. You absolutely MAY NOT post homework problems to internet discussion boards. If you get help from someone outside this group, it should be limited in nature, and must be disclosed.
Exams: The first midterm will take place in class on Monday, October 1. The second midterm will be in class Friday, November
Will Hunting realizes that he can count paths through a network using matrices. If you want to learn more about this, take Math 465 or 565.