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).

The details of the syllabus and the timing of the midterm exams will vary from section to section. Each section of Math 250 has its own midterm exams and final exam. The final exam times are determined from the class meeting times. The room of the final exam may or may not be the usual lecture room! See the Final Exam schedule or the Math Department main website for updated details about final exams, when this information is available.

Course Materials for the non-MATLAB sections of Math 250

Course Materials for Math 250C1, C2, etc.---the MATLAB sections

Suggested examination review materials

Students are expected to follow the Rutgers Standards of Academic Integrity on the assignments, quizzes and exams in the course.

Schedule Archives

Summer 2016 Schedule

InstructorIndex Section Day(s)/
Time Room
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Campus Session Dates
Braunfeld, Samuel 00523 B1 MTWH1010 A - 1205BRR-5073 LIV 1 5/31-7/08
Weibel, Chad 01886 B2 MTWH1230 P - 0225SC-216 CAC 1 5/31-7/08
Fang, Hanlong 00064 B6 MWF0600 P - 0845TIL-103D LIV 1 5/31-7/08
Yang, Mingjia 00065 E1 MTWH1020 A - 1210MI-100 CAC 2 6/27-8/05
Coulson, Rebecca 03935 H1 MTWH1000 A - 1150HLL-425 BUS 3 7/11-8/17
Nikolaev, Evgeni 02532 H2 MTWH1210 P - 0210BE-251 LIV 3 7/11-8/17
Goonetilleke, Las 02919 H6 MWF0600 P - 0840SEC-211 BUS 3 7/11-8/17

Spring 2016 online office hours:

Sample Exams and Video Lectures

Some resources for Linear Algebra and MATLAB (Note: For specific instructions for the MATLAB sections, C1, C2, etc., click the link above for the Math 250C webpage.)

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