Instructor: Dave Feldman 
Email: daveATh0rnacekDOTcoaDOTedu 
Office: Second Floor, Turrets Annex  Phone: x249, 2765284 
Mailing List: linalgATh0rnacekDOTc0aDOTedu  Office Hours: Wed 6:308:00 in TAB, by appointment 
Course Catalog Description:
Through the study of linear algebra in this course, students will
acquire powerful analytic techniques that are essential tools in
almost any field of applied mathematics, including: physics,
engineering, computer science, economics. Linear algebra is also
commonly used in chemistry and mathematical biology. Our study of
linear algebra will begin by abstracting and formalizing the idea
behind solving familiar systems of linear equations. This will lead
us to the study of matrices and determinants. We will study these
mathematical objects both algebraically and geometrically, leading up
to a general treatment of linear vector spaces. Additional topics
covered will include: linear transformations; inner products and
orthogonality; eigenvectors, eigenvalues, and their application. Where
possible, applications to students' fields of interest will be
emphasized. Students will leave this course with a solid foundation
in the key ideas and techniques of linear algebra. Evaluation will be
based on class participation and weekly problem sets. Please note that this course meets the QR requirement. It does not meet the ES requirement. 
I have several goals for this course:

Our textbook will be Linear Algebra by Jim Hefferon. This book is available in pdf form for free at the URL above. I would like to cover most of the first four chapters of this text. This will be a brisk pace, but I think it is doable. 
Your evaluation will be based almost exclusively on weekly homework assignments. In most cases, you will be responsible for correcting your own assignments. I will assign grades (for those who so opt) by following the guidelines in the COA Course Catalog. I do not have any quota of A's, B's, etc. In general, I strongly recommend against grades; I believe they are more likely than not to interfere with genuine, reflective learning. 
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