Systems of equations, matrices, determinants, linear transformations on vector spaces,
characteristic values and vectors, from a computational point of view.
The course is an introduction to the techniques of linear algebra with elementary applications.
Although a certain portion of the course is computational, we will try to mix in a fair amount of true and false
questions to get ourselves used to reasoning and coming up with counterexamples.
You do not need to purchase a book for this course.
Pearson has offered us a free membership to MyMathLab, which includes an interactive online version of the book,
and also a normal e-book version that can be used offline.
If you want a hard copy of the book (I still like hard copies, too) then you can get it for $50 through MyMathLab,
or any buy any edition used. Don’t spend more than $50.
Instructor Website: https://mathrjsm.com/
(use this for logistical questions)
Location and meet time:
Section 007 - Monteith 320, TuTh 8:00-9:15
Section 0011 - Monteith 225, TuTh 11:00-12:15
(use this for every other question)
Videos will be posted to the channel mathrjsm
All course assignments, grades, and announcments will be posted to MyMathLab
. Our course ID is mcdonald94566. Please do not purchase an access code
. I have a free one for you.
The outline below is tentative. Our plan is to cover an average of two sections per week.
If you miss a class, use the book to fill the notes out, come to my office hours,
find a friend who is willing to share, or wait until the weekend when I post them to Piazza!
You may find the following links useful throughout the semester. There are calculators, visualizations, and videos
that can help you with just about anything we will do in this course.
UConn Mathematics Department
Calendar for Fall Semester 2018
Student Admin System
- The Q Center is a great resource if you need help on homework, or just
need something explained a different way to you. Best of all, it's free! Check the schedule to see if there's
a MATH2210Q tutor there before you go.
- This website has calculators for many of the matrix operations
that we'll be using this semester. It can even show you the steps it uses to reduce a matrix!
try not to rely on it too much, but use it to check your work or if you get stuck.
- The Essence of Linear Algebra series by 3Blue1Brown has excellent visualizations
and explanations for some of the concepts we'll be encountering. They have videos for other courses, too.
linear transform viewer by Lauren K. Williams might be useful when trying to visualize linear transformations.
- This website has a ton of applications of linear algebra to physics.