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 2015 Schedule

InstructorType Index Section Day(s)/
Time Room
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Li, Yanyan R 03909 01 MTh1 8:40 AM - 10:00 AM SEC-210 BUS
Nikolaev, Evgeni R 05660 02 MTh2 10:20 AM - 11:40 AM BRR-2071 LIV
Taft, Earl R 04297 05 TTh5 3:20 PM - 4:40 PM HLL-114 BUS
Shtelen, Vladimir R 03910 06 TF2 10:20 AM - 11:40 AM SEC-210 BUS
Corwin, Nathan R 03815 09 MW7 6:40 PM - 8:00 PM LSH-A143 LIV
Corwin, Nathan R 03348 10 MW6 5:00 PM - 6:20 PM BRR-2071 LIV
Rainsford, Augusta R 14275 13 MTh2 10:20 AM - 11:40 AM SEC-202 BUS
Nikolaev, Evgeni R 15966 15 TF3 12:00 PM - 1:20 PM BRR-3085 LIV
Goonetilleke, Las R 00338 C1 MW4 1:40 PM - 3:00 PM BRR-3085 LIV
Goonetilleke, Las R 07504 C2 MW5 3:20 PM - 4:40 PM TIL-257 LIV

Fall 2015 online office hours

The TA's for this course will host online office hours on the website Discourse Technologies at the following times.
  • Monday: 12:00PM–1:20PM (Wilson), 5:00PM–6:20PM (Devlin), 8:10PM–9:30PM (Zhang)
  • Tuesday: 5:00PM–6:20PM (Wilson), 8:10PM–9:30PM (Coulson)
  • Wednesday: 1:40PM–3:00PM (Devlin)
  • Thursday: 8:10PM–9:30PM (Zhang)
  • Saturday: 5:00PM–6:20PM (Lohr)
  • Sunday: 3:20PM–4:40PM (Lohr)

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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