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.


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

The authors of the textbook also have a companion   web site containing supplementary material, including multiple choice tests covering the topics in the course. Students can take these tests on-line and see the graded results of each test immediately.

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

There is no schedule information for this semester.

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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