Mathematics Department - Math 250 - Introductory Linear Algebra

Math 250 - Introductory Linear Algebra

General Information (Catalog listing)

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)


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.

Schedule Archives

Summer 2015 Schedule

InstructorIndex Section Day(s)/
Time Room
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Campus Session Dates
Borisov, Lev 00550 B1 MTWTh10:10A-12:05ARC-105 BUS 1 5/26-7/2
McKeon, Katie 02038 B2 MTWTh12:30P-2:20SC-216 CAC 1 5/26-7/2
Schultz, Douglas 00064 B6 MWF6:00P-8:45SEC-211 BUS 1 5/26-7/2
Barton, Charles 00065 E1 MTWTh10:20A-12:10MI-100 CAC 2 6/22-7/30
Chien, Edward 00066 E6 MWF6:00P-8:45HLL-425 BUS 2 6/22-7/30
Kerrigan, John 05502 H1 MTWTh10:00A-11:50HLL-425 BUS 3 7/6-8/12
Xiao, Jianguo 02800 H2 MTWTh12:10P-2:10ARC-107 BUS 3 7/6-8/12
Trinh, Tien 03297 H6 MWF6:00P-8:40SEC-211 BUS 3 7/6-8/12

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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