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

Fall 2014 Schedule

InstructorType Index Section Day(s)/
Time Room
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Robinson, Thomas L 00348 C1 MW4 1:40 PM - 3:00 PM ARC-333 BUS
Wilson, Glen L 07998 C2 MW5 3:20 PM - 4:40 PM SEC-206 BUS
Chanillo, Sagun L 04118 01 MTh1 8:40 AM - 10:00 AM SEC-202 BUS
Cramer, Scott L 05991 02 MTh2 10:20 AM - 11:40 AM SEC-203 BUS
Shtelen, Vladimir L 04539 03 TF1 8:40 AM - 10:00 AM SEC-210 BUS
Taft, Earl L 13187 04 TTh6 5:00 PM - 6:20 PM ARC-206 BUS
Taft, Earl L 04540 05 TTh5 3:20 PM - 4:40 PM ARC-204 BUS
Shtelen, Vladimir L 04119 06 TF2 10:20 AM - 11:40 AM SEC-207 BUS
Huang, Xiaojun L 14817 07 MTh1 8:40 AM - 10:00 AM SEC-217 BUS
Russell, Matthew L 12950 08 TF2 10:20 AM - 11:40 AM TIL-105 LIV
Popa, Alexandra L 04016 09 MW5 3:20 PM - 4:40 PM BE-201 LIV
Popa, Alexandra L 03516 10 MW6 5:00 PM - 6:20 PM BRR-5073 LIV
Chung, Sjuvon L 02432 11 MW7 6:10 PM - 7:30 PM FH-B2 CAC
Corwin, Nathan L 00349 12 MW8 7:40 PM - 9:00 PM FH-B3 CAC
Rainsford, Augusta L 16540 13 MTh2 10:20 AM - 11:40 AM BRR-5105 LIV
Rainsford, Augusta L 19041 14 MTh3 12:00 PM - 1:20 PM BRR-5117 LIV
Sequin, Matthew L 19042 15 TF3 12:00 PM - 1:20 PM LSH-B115 LIV

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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