Spring 2007, UAF, Bueler
TOPICS: Linear equations,
finite dimensional vector spaces,
matrices, determinants, linear transformations and characteristic
values. Inner product spaces.
SECTIONS OF TEXTBOOK: I hope to cover
1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 1.7, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3,
3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 3.8, 4.1, 4.3, 4.4, 4.6, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5,
6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4, 6.6, 7.1, 7.2, 7.3, 7.4, and 8.1. (It is a lot!
There are 43 regular class periods for these 38 sections, so you can
see the necessary pace.) Chapter
9 is a Matlab tutorial.
Chapter 10 has Matlab
exercises, and I will assign some of these.
The in-class portion of the course will consist primarily of my
lecture. Early in the
course I will do some Matlab tutorial in class. Matlab is widely available on UAF
computers, including in the Bunnell, Chapman, and Duckering labs, and
is available in a $109 student version for your own computer.
Homework, which will be graded and
will be your way of knowing whether you are following the ideas.
The homework will include computations (both by-hand and in Matlab), proofs, and
explanations. You will be expected to write clear and grammatical
English when proving and explaining.
A draft day-by-day schedule is on the course webpage at
The Grade: 70% of your grade will be determined
by three exams,
with the remainder determined by weekly homework:
The first Midterm will be entirely
in-class, and computers and calculators will not be allowed. The second Midterm
will have a take-home part, for which you will need to use Matlab or other computing machinery, but on
the in-class part you will again not be allowed to use a
computer/calculator. The Final will be like Midterm II: there
will be a Matlab take-home part and a no-computer
in-class part at the regular final time.
|Monday, February 19 (one
hour in class)
Monday, April 2 (one
hour in class)
May 9 10:15am-12:15 (two hours)
The course grade will be determined by your
total on the above according to the following schedule:
90 - 100 %
79 - 89 %
68 - 78 %
57 - 67 %
0 - 56 %
Prerequisite: Math 201 Calculus II.
(This is a maturity and not a content prerequisite.)
Policies (including homework deadlines and makeup exams):
has policies on incompletes, late withdrawals, and early final
examinations; see http://www.dms.uaf.edu/dms/Policies.html.
You are covered by the UAF Honor Code. I will work with
the Office of Disabilities Services (203 WHIT, 474-7043) to provide
reasonable accommodation to student with disabilities.
Homework is due on the date stated at the beginning of class.
Late homework will not be accepted. I will create
makeup versions of midterm exams provided I have a very convincing
reason to do so. A request for a makeup exam must be given
at least three class days before the exam. The makeup must occur
later than three class days after the exam date.
MATLAB: Matlab makes
vector and matrix operations very easy as it is designed for such
tasks. Learning to use it is strongly recommended, and I will
assign problems which will be easy in Matlab,
harder using other computing resources (good calculators or Mathematica or Mathcad, etc.), and essentially
impossible by hand. Note I will also assign a lot of by-hand
problems on homework, and all of the in-class exam problems will be
by-hand. Wise students will learn to use Matlab partly by checking their
by-hand calculations whenever possible. UAF has a campus-wide
site license so you should be able to use it for
I don’t assume that you are familiar with Matlab
few weeks of the course I will offer a tutorial in class to help
you get started. In fact on the first three Fridays I plan to hold
class in the Chapman 103 lab. See
www.math.uaf.edu/~bueler/MatlabEx.htm for a brief online tutorial
and some links.