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01:640:250 INTRODUCTORY LINEAR ALGEBRA (3)
Prerequisite: CALC2 or 01:640:136 or 138.
Systems of linear equations, Gaussian elimination, matrices and determinants, vectors in two- and three-dimensional Euclidean space, vector spaces, introduction to eigenvalues and eigenvectors. Possible additional topics: systems of linear inequalities and systems of differential equations.

Updated description
Vectors in n-space, systems of linear equations, Gaussian elimination, span and linear independence of a set of vectors, matrix algebra, determinants, subspaces of n-space, basis and dimension, eigenvalues and eigenvectors, diagonalization of a matrix, geometry of vectors, projections, orthogonal sets of vectors, symmetric matrices, and applications.
(current, 2014)


Textbook


Spence, Insel, & Friedberg: Elementary Linear Algebra: A Matrix Approach, 2nd Edition ,   Prentice-Hall   (ISBN # 978-0-13-187141-0).




Course Materials

  • suggested syllabus   (PDF Format)   (plain TeX file)
  • suggested homework problems   (PDF Format)   (plain TeX file)
  • Information about Math 250C (MATLAB sections)
  • The details and pace of the syllabus and the timing of the mid-term exams will vary from section to section. Each section has its own midterm and final exams. The final exam times are determined from the class meeting hour. See Final exam schedule for details.



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Spring 2015 Schedule



Matlab Assignments for Math 250C

  • Lab 1:   Matrix and Vector Computations in MATLAB
  • Lab 2:   Linear Equations and Matrix Algebra
  • Lab 3:   LU Decomposition and Determinants
  • Lab 4:   General Solution to Ax = b
  • Lab 5:   Eigenvalues and Eigenvectors
  • Lab 6:   Orthonormal Bases, Orthogonal Projections, and Least Squares


Sample Exams and Video Lectures


Linear Algebra and MATLAB


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