Math 2370 (Matrices and Linear Operators)
Fall 2017

Instructor: Reza Pakzad Email: pakzad At-Sign pitt Dot edu

Lectures: MWF 10:00AM-10:50AM at CHVRN 135

Recitation: Th 10:00AM-10:50AM at BENDM G24, Recitation Instructor: Priyadip Mondal

Office hours: By 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 Wednesday and will be collected on next Wednesday in class. Solving exercises are very important as without practice any success in exams based on mere theoretical knowledge is very unlikely.


Monday Aug 28: First Class
Monday Sept 4: Labor day - no classes
Monday Oct 9: Fall Break - no classes
Tuesday Oct 10: Monday schedule classes
Oct 18: Wednesday - First Midterm
Monday Nov 20: Second Midterm
Wed. and Fri. Nov 22-24: Thanksgiving break - no classes
Friday Dec 15: Last Class

Midterms: They will be held on Wednesday Oct. 18 and Monday Nov. 20 in class.

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

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.