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MATH 401 Applications of Linear Algebra

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Fall, 2003

**Text: ***Linear Algebra and its Applications, Gilbert Strang*
**Instructor **: J. Cooper

Office: Math 3109 . . . Phone 5-5130 . . . email . . jec@math.umd.edu

Office Hours: MW 2-3, Tu 10-12, and by appointment

**Prerequisites: **Math 240 or Math 461, or an equivalent first course
in linear algebra.

We will cover as much as posssible of the text. The first four chapters
are mostly review and we shall move through them quickly. We shall use
the software package MATLAB. It is ideal for linear algebra and easy to
learn. Homework will be assigned frequently, and will often involve using
the computer.

There will be three hour exams and a final exam. The tentative dates
of the exams are

Hour exam I . . . . . . . . . . . Changed to Friday, Oct. 8 .
. . . . . . . . 20 %

Hour exam II . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wednesday, Nov. 5
. . . . . . . . . 20 %

Hour exam III . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wednesday, Dec.
3 . . . . . . . . . 20%

Final exam . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Friday, Dec.
19 . . . . . . . . . 25 %

The homework and computer projects will make up the remaining 15 % of
your grade.

Makeup exams will be given only in the case of serious family or medical
problems, or university sponsored activity, all of which must be well documented.

Grades for the hour exams will be based on the usual scale, A: 90 -100,
etc. Grades for the course will be based on your final average, with perhaps
slight adjustments from the usual scale.

homework assignments and matlab projects

401 matlab demos