Mathematics 210

Linear Algebra

Catalog Description

An introduction to linear algebra designed to provide some important mathematical tools that will be useful in a variety of fields. Systems of linear equations, vectors and matrices, determinants, vector spaces, linear transformations, inner and cross products, and eigenvalues and canonical forms are considered. Prerequisite: Mathematics 102.

Objectives of the course

This course should help students to


Linear Algebra and Its Applications, Fourth Edition,
by David C. Lay, Addison Wesley, 2012 (Required)
ISBN-13: 978-0-321-38517-8, ISBN-10 0-321-38517-9

Schedule for Spring 2012

Course Notes and Related Materials - Lay

Mathematica v5.2 Notebooks

The following Mathematica notebooks are available in three formats. Download the Mathematica notebook (nb) to your machine and use Mathematica to interpret its contents, or click on the pdf link (pdf) or the web page link (html) to see a static image of the evaluated notebook.

Additional References

The following two textbooks are particularly recommended for further study. The first is devoted to the theory of linear algebra and the second to its applications.

Linear Algebra Done Right, Second Edition,
by Sheldon Axler, Springer, ISBN 0-387-98258-2, 1997 (for reference only)

Applied Linear Algebra,
by Peter J. Olver and Chehrzad Shakiban, Pearson Prentice-Hall, ISBN 0-13-147382-4, 2006 (for reference only)

Online Resources


Chris Parrish
Office: Woods Laboratories 120

Location and Time

Monday-Wednesday-Friday, 11:00 - 11:50 a.m.
Final Examination: Friday, May 4, 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Woods Laboratories 121

Homework Day!

Homework is due on Fridays!


Honor Code

The Honor Code applies to all examinations and written work produced in this course. Plagiarism is copying or imitating the language and thoughts of others, whatever the medium (written papers or computer programs). All work on the examinations must be done individually.


Attendance is required and is an important factor in doing well in the class. All assignments must be completed, and the student is responsible for making up any work missed due to absence. Late work will be accepted ONLY if appropriate arrangements have been made with the instructor PRIOR to the due date. The Dean's Office may be notified after two absences.