Math 2371 (Matrices and Linear Operators II)
Spring 2017


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

Lectures: MWF 10:00AM-10:50AM at Lawrence Hall 205

Recitation: Th 10:00AM-10:50AM at Thack 704 , Recitation Instructor: Jeremy Harris.

Office hours: M at 11:00AM-11:50AM, W at 2:00PM-3:00PM, or by email appointment, held at Thackeray Hall 610.

Content and Prerequisites: This course is a continuation of MATH 2370. Topics include canonical forms, vector space decomposition, inner products, spectral theory, matrix inequalities and decompostions.

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.

Midterms: They will be held on Friday Feb. 17 and Friday Mar. 17 in class.

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.