## Overview

Instructor | Dr. Armin Straub
MSPB 313 straub@southalabama.edu (251) 460-7262 (please use e-mail whenever possible) |

Office hours | MW, 9:00am-noon, or by appointment |

Lecture | MWF, 8:00-8:55am, in MSPB 410 |

Midterm exams | The tentative dates for our two midterm exams are:
Friday, February 16 Wednesday, March 21 |

Final exam | Monday, April 30 — 8:00am-10:00am |

Text |
Linear Algebra with Applications,
by Jeffrey Holt (W. H. Freeman, 2013) |

Online grades | USAonline |

Syllabus | syllabus.pdf |

## Lecture sketches and homework

To help you study for this class, I am posting **lecture sketches**. These are not a substitute for your personal lecture notes or coming to class (for instance, lots of details and motivation are not included in the sketches). I hope that they are useful to you for revisiting the material and for preparing for exams.

After most classes, **homework** is assigned and posted below.

- You should aim to complete the problems right after class, and before the next class meets.

A 15% penalty applies if homework is submitted after the posted due date. - Homework is submitted online, and you have an unlimited number of attempts. Only the best score is used for your grade.

Most problems have a random component (which allows you to continue practicing throughout the semester without putting your scores at risk). - You are the first to test, and hopefully benefit from, this system, which I have written myself over the break. Please report any issues to make it as useful as possible!
- Collect a
**bonus point**for each mathematical typo you find in the lecture notes (that is not yet fixed online), or by reporting mistakes in the homework system. Each bonus point is worth 1% towards a midterm exam.

Date | Sketch | Homework |
---|---|---|

01/08 | lecture01.pdf | Homework Set 1: Problems 1-5 (due 1/17) |

01/10 | lecture02.pdf | Homework Set 1: Problems 6-8 (due 1/17)
See lecture notes for the full details on the diagonalization of the matrix from class. |

01/12 | lecture03.pdf | complete the previous homework (due on Wednesday!) |

01/19 | lecture04.pdf | Homework Set 2: Problems 1-3 (due 1/29) |

01/22 | lecture05.pdf | Homework Set 2: Problems 4-5 (due 1/29) |

01/24 | lecture06.pdf | Homework Set 3: Problems 1-4 (due 2/7) |

01/26 | lecture07.pdf | Homework Set 3: Problems 5-6 (due 2/7) |

01/29 | lecture08.pdf | Homework Set 3: Problems 7-9 (due 2/7) |

01/31 | lecture09.pdf | Homework Set 4: Problems 1-2 (due 2/16) |

02/02 | lecture10.pdf | Homework Set 4: Problem 3 (due 2/16) |

02/05 | lecture11.pdf | Homework Set 4: Problem 4 (due 2/16) |

02/07 | lecture12.pdf | Homework Set 4: Problems 5-7 (due 2/16) |

02/09 | lecture13.pdf | start preparing for the midterm exam next week on 2/16:
midterm01-practice-lecture.pdf (compiled from lectures) Online practice problems (compiled from homework) midterm01-practice.pdf (solutions below) |

02/12 | lecture14.pdf | Happy Mardi Gras! |

02/14 | review | get ready for the midterm on Friday! |

02/19 | lecture15.pdf | review midterm:
midterm01.pdf midterm01-solution.pdf |

02/21 | lecture16.pdf | Homework Set 5: Problems 1-2 (due 3/14) |

02/23 | lecture17.pdf | Homework Set 5: Problem 3 (due 3/14) |

02/26 | lecture18.pdf | Homework Set 5: Problem 4 (due 3/14) |

02/28 | lecture19.pdf | new homework next class |

03/02 | lecture20.pdf | Homework Set 5: Problem 5 (due 3/14) |

03/05 | lecture21.pdf | Homework Set 5: Problems 6-7 (due 3/14) |

03/07 | lecture22.pdf | new homework next class |

03/09 | lecture23.pdf | Homework Set 6: Problems 1-2 (due 3/21) |

03/12 | lecture24.pdf | Homework Set 6: Problems 3-6 (due 3/21) |

03/14 | lecture25.pdf | Homework Set 6: Problem 7 (due 3/21) |

03/16 | lecture26.pdf | start preparing for the midterm exam next week on 3/21:
Online practice problems (compiled from homework) midterm02-practice.pdf (solutions below) |

03/19 | review | get ready for the midterm on Wednesday! |

## Sage

As part of this course, we will explore the open-source free computer algebra system Sage to assist with more involved calculations.

If you just want to run a handful quick computations (without saving your work), you can use the text box below.

(The pre-entered code shows how to solve Example 44 in lecture07.pdf.)

Here are some other things to try:

- Sage can compute QR decompositions. For instance, we can have it do Example 68 (see lecture12.pdf) for us:
A = matrix(QQbar, [[0,2,1],[3,1,1],[0,0,1],[0,0,1]]) A.QR(full=false)

The result is a tuple of the two matrices Q and R. If that is too much at once,`A.QR(full=false)[0]`

will produce Q, and`A.QR(full=false)[1]`

will produce R. (Can you figure out what happens if you omit the`full=false`

? Check out the comment under "Variations" for the QR decomposition in lecture12.pdf. On the other hand, the`QQbar`

is telling Sage to compute with algebraic numbers (instead of just rational numbers); if omitted, it would complain that square roots are not available.) - Sage can also compute singular value decompositions. For instance, Example 111 (see lecture23.pdf) can be done (numerically) as follows:
A = matrix(RDF, [[2,2],[-1,1]]) A.SVD()

The result is a tuple of the three matrices U, Σ and V. If that is too much at once,`A.SVD()[0]`

will produce U,`A.SVD()[1]`

will produce Σ, and`A.SVD()[2]`

will produce V. (The`RDF`

is telling Sage to compute with real numbers as floating point numbers with double precision; for other fields such as`QQbar`

, the SVD is not currently implemented.)

An easy way to use Sage more seriously is by creating an account at http://cocalc.com. This free cloud service does not require you to install anything, and you can access your files and computations from any computer as long as you have internet. To do computations, once you are logged in and inside a project, you will need to create a "Sage notebook" as a new file.

## Exams and practice material

There will be two in-class midterm exams and a comprehensive final exam. Notes, books, calculators or computers are not allowed during any of the exams.

Our (tentative) exam schedule is:

- Midterm Exam 1: Friday, February 16

midterm01.pdf, midterm01-solution.pdf - Midterm Exam 2: Wednesday, March 21
- Final Exam: Monday, April 30 — 8:00am-10:00am

The following material will help you prepare for the exams.

- Midterm Exam 1:
- midterm01-practice-lecture.pdf (these are problems we discussed in class)
- Online practice problems (these are compiled from homework)
- midterm01-practice.pdf, midterm01-practice-solution.pdf (these problems are more exam-like)

- Midterm Exam 2:
- Online practice problems (these are compiled from homework)
- midterm02-practice.pdf, midterm02-practice-solution.pdf (these problems are more exam-like)