Applied Mathematics I (MATH 234) - Spring, 1998

Mei Q. Chen
Capers Hall 221B
E-mail: chenm
Phone: 953-7896 (office), 577-9868 (home)

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Course Goals: This is an integrated course in linear algebra and differential equations.

Concerning linear algebra, the student is expected to be able to solve systems of linear equations, to evaluate determinants, to compute inverses and to find eigenvalues and eigenvectors of matrices. The student is also expected to understand the concepts of vector space, subspace and basis.

Regarding differential equations, the student is expected to recognize which procedure is appropriate to solve a given differential equation, and to carry out correctly the procedure to find the solution. Some applications will be studied and the student is expected to be able to set up the mathematical model, a differential equation or a system of differential equations, for a given application and then solve the problem.

Textbook: Advanced Engineering Mathematics, the 7th Edition by Erwin Kreyszig.

Course Content: Linear Algebra - Chapter 7. Differential Equations - Chapter 1,2,3,4 and 6. See course outline for details.

Grading: It is based on homework assignments, assigned MatLab projects, four hour exams and a comprehensive final exam.

Office Hours: 9:00am-9:50am MTWF, 2:00pm-3:00pm M and 2:00pm-4:00pm W or by appointment at any time. I will be working in Math Lab (CA207) at 7-9:30pm on Tuesday.

Homework Assignments - by sections click here to see the assignments.
The mathematical software MatLab will be an important and useful tool for this course. Handouts and tutorials on MatLab:
Programming in MatLab is very easy to learn and you will appreciate its simplicity and usefulness. The software is installed under CITNOV1 Programs. Please let me know whenever you need any assistance.

MatLab Projects
Q&A Archive: It contains answers and discussions to the questions submitted by email. Please email your questions about the course to me at
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Last updated: 8 February 1998.