Linear Algebra, MAT 330, Fall 2006

This is the home page and first day handout for MAT 330, meeting MW from 10:00 -- 11:15 in CBC-C316.  My name is Dr. Arthur Baragar, my office is CBC-B 308 and I can be reached at 895-0378. Important information announced in class will also be posted on WebCampus. The prerequisite for this course is MAT 182.

Text:   Howard Anton, Elementary Linear Algebra, 9e, John Wiley & Sons, Hoboken, NJ, 2005.

Syllabus: The main goal of this course will be to learn how to diagonalize matrices.  To do so, we will have to learn about matrices and why we use them, how to solve systems of linear equaitons, how to take determinants, how to invert matrices, how to identify uninvertible matrices and find their null space, and how to change bases.  We will also learn about general vector spaces, linear transformations, inner products, and some applications of linear algebra.  We will cover most of Chapters 1 -- 8.  

Grading Scheme: This is the grading scheme for this course:

There will be three unannounced quizzes, each worth 3%.  There is no preset corelation between numerical grades and letter grades.  A letter grade (without + or -) will be included with the return of each exam and will cover all exams up to then.  Current grades will be posted on WebCampus after every exam. 

Office Hours: If you need to see me, please look for me during the office hours posted below, or please make an appointment. If there is no one in my office during the last half-hour of the office hour, I will feel free to leave, so please arrive early. Office hours begin the second week of classes.  

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