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Math 2270-003 - Linear Algebra - Fall 2010


Complete one of the following projects, due on the last day of class. You may use Maple or another program of your choice. You must work independently. You may also come up with your own project or do some variation of one of the suggestions, but you should consult me first.


Use the 2008 Summary Use Annual I-O Table found at\_annual.htm to construct a consumption matrix as in Section 8.3. Was this economy productive?
Related: Section 8.3
Note that the Use Matrix is not the same as the consumption matrix in the book. To get the consumption matrix you must rescale column j of the Use Matrix by dividing by entry j of the Total Industry Output Vector.


Compare the waveforms of several musical instruments playing the same note. Compare their energy spectra. Comment on how the energy spectrum looks in relation to the sound the instrument makes.
Related: Lab 4, Section 8.5, Section 7.3, Section 10.3

Statistics and Probability

Reconsider the height-weight data from Lab 3. Assume that each person underestimates their weight randomly by 2-4\%. Use the weighted least squares method of Section 8.6 to find a more accurate model function for the height-weight data. Plot the data, new model, and old model together on the same set of axes. Pick a height (it was 5'10'' in Lab 3) and compute the expected weight of a person of that height using the two different models.
Related: Lab 3, Section 8.6

Computer Graphics

Take a 3--dimensional wireframe model and move it around using the techniques of Section 8.7.
Related: Section 8.7

Image Compression

Take a bitmap image and compress it using two different methods, using the largest singular values of the SVD and using the largest values of the Discrete Cosine Transform. Experiment with how many values you must retain to have acceptable image quality. Calculate the compression ratio of your image. Show pictures of some basis vectors of the DCT encoding.
Related: Section 6.7, Section 7.2, Section 10.3

Discrete Dynamical Systems

We have talked a lot about discrete linear dynamical systems. Compute orbits for some discrete linear dynamical systems in the plane. Plot orbits for systems where the eigenvalues are real with absolute values less than one, one, and greater than one. Plot orbits for systems whose eigenvalues are complex with norm less than one, one, and greater than one.
Consider the non-linear discrete dynamical system that takes a point (x_i,y_i) in the plane and moves it to the point (x_{i+1},y_{i+1}) where:
Try setting a=1.4 and b=.3. Plot some orbits and discuss the results.
What happens for different values of a and b?


Make some fractals. See Part B of
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