Math 2270-002, Summer 2016
Linear Algebra, University of Utah
Course Syllabus

Instructor: Davar Khoshnevisan (Contact Information)
Time/Place: MTWH 10:00 am-11:10 am James Talmage Building/JTB, Room 110 (Google Map)
Text: Linear Algebra and Its Applications (Fifth Edition) by David Lay, Steven Lay, and Judi MacDonald, Pearson Education Limited, Harlow, 2016. We will cover the material of chapters 1 through 6 of the textbook, and also chapter 7 if time permits.
Description: Linear algebra is the mathematical theory with which we analyze arrays. As such, it is a subject that is rooted firmly in both theoretical and applied mathematics, with deep applications to a wide-ranging list of subjects that include computer vision and graphics, statistics and related data sciences, medical technologies, physics, engineering,...

Topics include: Euclidean space, linear systems, Gaussian elimination, determinants, inverses, vector spaces, linear transformations, quadratic forms, least squares and linear programming, eigenvalues and eigenvectors, diagonalization. May include theoretical and computer lab components.
No of Credits: Four
Dates: May 23 through August 3, 2016
Grading: The students' final grades will be computed from the following formula:
  • Attendance (5%)
  • Weekly assignments (0% total)
  • Weekly quizzes (lowest 2 dropped; 10% total)
  • Three mid term examinations (lowest dropped; 25% each for top two exams)
  • A comprehensive final examination (35%)
Attendance: Attendance is recorded on random days at random times during the lecture time.
Quizzes: Regular lectures are held on MWH. Tuesdays are dedicated to a half-hour quiz, after which we go over the quiz that day. The first quiz is on May 31st.
Assignments: Homework is assigned weekly. It is neither collected nor graded. The assignments are there to help you prepare for the quizzes and the exams. To access the most-recent version of the homework problems click on "Assignments" at the bottom of this page.

Late homework is not accepted.

Exams: There are no make-up examinations in this course, and the midterm exams are not comprehensive.

Date Time Place
Midterm 1Thursday June 2 10:00 am-11:10 amJTB 110 Solution
Midterm 2 Thursday June 23 10:00 am-11:10 amJTB 110 Solution
Midterm 3 Thursday July 14 10:00 am-11:10 amJTB 110 Solution
Final Friday August 5 10:00 am-12:00 pm JTB 110
Important Dates: Some important University dates and deadlines that you need to know about (Weblink)
Seeking Help: To find help, the students are encouraged to visit the instructor during the designated drop-in office hours (web link) and/or schedule an appointment (web link) a few days in advance. There is also the fine (no-cost) tutoring center (web link) of the department of mathematics. The tutoring center is centered at the T. B. Rushing Undergraduate Student Center in the basement of LCB.

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