Linear Algebra (MATH 240) - Spring, 1998

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

Homework Assignments | MatLab Handouts | MatLab Projects | Course Outline

Course Goals and Expectations: Students are expected to be able to solve systems of linear equations, to calculate determinants, to compute inverses and to find eigenvalues and eigenvectors of matrices. Students are also expected to understand the concepts of vector space, subspace, basis, transformation and quadratic form.

Textbook: Linear Algebra with Applications the 5th edition by Steven J. Leon

Course Content: Sections 1.1-1.5, 2.1-2.2, 3.1-3.6, 4.1-4.3, 5.1-5.6, 6.1, 6.3, 6.5. See the tentative course outline for details.

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

The mathematical software MatLab will be an important and useful tool for this course. Here are handouts and tutorials on MatLab:
MatLab is very easy to learn and you will appreciate its simplicity and usefulness. The software is installed under CITNOV1 Programs and the DEC Server macs02. A copy of the Users' Guide is placed in DEC LAB (CA 210). Please let me know whenever you need any assistance.

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) during 7-9:30pm on Tuesday.

Homework Assignments - by weeks click here to see the assignments.
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.