Math 2700 Fall 2017

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Course Information: Syllabus, Schedule

This is a one semester introductory course in linear algebra and matrices. The text for the course is Linear Algebra, fifth edition, by Lay, Lay, and McDonald. The book comes with an access code which permits the user to access additional online resources which the student may find helpful (this is not required).

The course will also make use of a computer algebra system (CAS) to perform computations, do examples, etc. The students will also be required to use a CAS for some of the homework problems. This is a required part of the homework. The most common CAS systems are Maple and Mathematica. Both systems are installed on all of the computers in the College of Arts and Sciences, for example, in the computer labs on the 3rd and 5th floors of the GAB.

Individual student purchase of a CAS is not required for the course, although greatly discounted student versions are available in the bookstore or from Maplesoft or Wolfram. Mathematica is available for home use to students for free, see Maple is available for home use to students in this class at a discounted rate see Maple Adoption.
Both are excellent systems, and students can use either one. We will use both Maple and Mathematica for in-class demonstrations, and example worksheets will be posted for Maple and Mathematica.

Here is a quick handout to get started with Maple, which is geared towards linear algebra: Maple guide (pdf file),, Maple guide (Maple file),,

Here is a quick handout to get started with Mathematica, which is geared towards linear algebra: Mathematica guide (pdf file),, Mathematica guide (Mathematica file),,

Maple worksheets on row-reduction: row-reduction. reduced echelon form, system of equations,

Mathematica worksheets on row-reduction: row-reduction, (pdf) row-reduction.

HW 1. (Due Thursday, September 7)
Section 1.1# 3, 7,8, 11, 14, 16, 19, 25, 33, 34.
Section 1.2# 4, 7, 12, 13, 14.

HW 2. (Due Tuesday, September 19)
Section 1.3# 2, 4, 8, 11, 13, 14, 18, 29
Section 1.4# 3, 4, 6, 8, 10, 11, 14, 34

HW 3. (Due Thursday, September 28)
Section 1.5# 2,3,5,11,14,20,38
Section 1.7# 6,8,11,17,22,24,32, 42 (Computer)