Spring 2008

MAT 262: Linear Algebra

Section 901, Th 5:45-9:00PM, Byrne 552



Instructor: Stefan Catoiu

Office: 526 SAC

Phone: (773) 325-4669  

E-mail: scatoiu@condor.depaul.edu

Office hours: Tu, Th 4:30-5:30, or by appointment.


Textbook: Linear Algebra, 3rd Edition, by Fraleigh and Beauregard, Addison-Wesley 1995.


Prerequisites: MAT 261: Multivariable Calculus.


Course Content:

Part I: Concrete Linear Algebra: vectors in n-space, norm and dot product (review). Matrices and operations with matrices. Rank and nullspace of a matrix. Systems of linear equations; Gaussian elimination. Homogenous systems. Inverses of square matrices. Determinants: areas, volumes and cross products; computing determinants; Cramer’s Rule.

Part II: Abstract Linear Algebra: Abstract vector spaces; subspaces; linear dependence and linear independence; basis and dimension. Linear transformations and matrices. Eigenvectors and eigenvalues. Time permiting, we will cover other topics as well.


Exams and Grading Policy: There will be a one-hour Midterm and a cumulative two-hour Final exam. In addition, there will be weekly assignments.

The exams will be preceded by one-hour reviews. Each time review problem sets will be given. Your grade for the class will be calculated taken into account the following scores


  • Midterm, 160 points, Thursday, May 8, 5:45-7:00.
  • Final, 200 points, Thursday, June 12, 5:45-8:00.
  • Homework, 40 points.


Your exam score divided by 3.6, and the total score divided by 4 will be two numbers between 0 and 100. They will respectively determine your exam grade and your homework adjusted grade as follows: A(87.5-100), B(75-87.5), C(62.5-75), D(50-62.5), F(0-50). Your grade for the class is the larger of these two grades.                


Homework: Assignments will be given each week and collected on the following Thursday.





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