Course information for Math 550
Linear Algebra

InstructorJennifer Johnson-Leung
 303 Brink Hall

Class Times
MWF 11:30-12:20, FRC 201
Office Hours To Be Announced
Text Lang Linear Algebra

Course Description
This is a graduate level course in linear algebra. I was once told by a famous mathematician that everything that we can prove, we prove using linear algebra. While this is not quite the case, it is true that linear algebra is an important tool in all areas of mathematics, and is extremely useful in many scientific and engineering fields. Although computational methods of linear algebra are indispensable in many areas (solving PDEs for example) that is not the focus of this course. Rather, we will study the algebraic category of vector spaces over a field. In this way, students will develop a solid understanding of this structure and the tools to investigate other algebraic structures.

Grading Policies:
Homework: Homework exercises will be assigned weekly on Friday and is due by 3:30pm on Friday afternoon either in my mailbox or in my office. You are permitted to hand in one assignment up to one week late. No other late homework will be permitted.

Exams: There will be one midterm and one final exam. The midterm exam will have a take-home section and an in-class section. The final will be taken in class during the assigned exam period: Friday, December 19, 10am.

Collaboration: You are encouraged to collaborate on solving the problems given as homework. However, the solutions should be written on your own and in your own words. There is no collaboration on exams.

Point Distribution:
Homework – 50 %
Midterm Exam – 20%
Final Exam – 30%

If you have a documented need for accommodations such as extra time on exams, you should discuss this with me as soon as possible so that we can make the necessary arrangements.

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