Math 2370 (Matrices and Linear Operators)
Fall 2016

Instructor: Reza Pakzad

Lectures: MWF 10:00AM-10:50AM at Thack 524

Recitation: Th 10:00AM-10:50AM at Allen 103, Recitation Instructor: William Rau.

Office hours: M at 11:00AM-11:50AM, W at 4:00PM-4:50PM, or by email appointment, held at Thackeray Hall 610.

Content and Prerequisites: This course is an introduction to Linear transformations of finite dimensional vector spaces. The syllabus include bases and dimension, matrix representation, linear functionals, duality, canonical forms, vector space decomposition, inner products and spectral theory.

Textbook: The required textbook is Linear Algebra (2nd Edition), K. Hoffman and R. Kunze .

The following textbook is recommended as a secondary source: Linear Algebra and Its Applications, P. D. Lax .

Grading: The final grade will be based on homework assignments (20%), midterm I (20%), midterm II (20%), and the final exam (40%). A higher score on the final exam will erase any lower midterm score, hence your final grade will be calculated as follows:

Grade = (H + max(M1,F) + max(M2,F) + 2F)/5

where H is the homework grade, M1 and M2 are the first and second midterm grades, respectively, and F is the final exam grade, all out of 100.

Homework: The homeworks will appear here (the link) each Friday and will be collected on next Friday in class. Solving exercises are very important as without practice any success in exams based on mere theoretical knowledge is very unlikely.


Monday Aug 29: First Class
Monday Sept 5: Labor day - no classes
Monday Oct 17: Fall Break - no classes
Tuesday Oct 18: Monday schedule classes - First Midterm
Monday Nov 21: Second Midterm
Wednesday Nov 23: Thanksgiving break - no classes
Friday Dec 16: Last Class

Midterms: They will be held on Friday Oct. 21 and Monday Nov. 21 in class.

Midterm II cutoff: Chapters 1-5 except for sections 5.5, 5.6 and 5.7 and sections 6.1-6.3 of the textbook.

Midterm Policy: There will be no make up midterm exam. If you miss the midterm exam for a *documented* serious medical reason or similar tragedy, your grade on it will be prorated on your other exam and homework grade. No Incompletes will be accorded except in extreme circumstances. As for auditing the course, you need to talk with me about it at the latest by the end of September.

Final exam: The date, time and place will be announced here.

New Announcements: Look for occasional updates or extra resources here.

Midterm 1 cut-off: The first three chapters of the textbook.