Welcome to MAT 310!
This course covers the basic concepts of linear algebra, including
abstract vector spaces, linear transformations, inner product spaces, dual
spaces, eigenvalues and eigenvectors, and related topics. A fair amount of
the material is similar to that in MAT 211. However, the viewpoint here is
more abstract and is oriented more toward conceptual understanding than
calculations. It will be important for you to understand logical structures
and thinking, and learn how to value and understand theorems and proofs.
In both homeworks and exams, you will be expected to "do proofs".
Instructor: Michael Anderson, Math 4-110
Classes: MF 2:20-3:40 Library W4525
Office Hours: Tu/W/Th, 1-2pm
TA. Benjamin Balsam, Math 3-104
Recitation 1: Tu, 3:50-4:45pm, SB Union 226
Recitation 2: M, 9:35-10:30am, Lgt. Eng. 152
Office Hours: M: 2-4 in Math MLC, Tu: 4:45-5:45 in Math 3-104
Sheldon Axler, Linear Algebra Done Right, Second Edition
Springer, 1997, ISBN 0-387-98258-2.
You will easily find many interesting applications, discussions, and even online texts, via an online search. Here are two:
There will be homework assignments, listed below, due roughly once a
week. The assignments will appear on this webpage about a week before
their due date, and are to be handed in to your TA. New Policy: Homeworks
are due on Wednesdays, by 2:30pm, in the envelopes by Ben Balsam's office.
Alternately, you can hand in your HW in your recitation
session (either Monday or Tuesday).
You can't expect to do well in this class without giving serious attention to doing the homework assignments. You may work together with other students on the homework. However, you must write up the homework solutions individually, on your own and not just copy another's work.
You are also likely to learn much better and faster if you read the material in the text before coming to the lecture. You'll understand it much better the second time round; if not, ask questions!
Schedule and Homework Assignments:
|Week Of||Chapter||Homework Problems||On Page||Due|
|Sept 1||1||1,3,5,6,7,8,9,10,13,14,15||19||Sept 14/15|
|Sept 14||2||1,2,3,4,6,8,10,11,12,14||35||Sept 21/22|
|Sept 21||3||1,2,3,4,5,7,9,10,11||59||Sept 29|
|Sept 28||3||12,13,17,19,26||59||Oct 7|
|Oct 5||5||1,2,5,6,8,12,18,19||94||Oct 14|
|Oct 19||5||HW 6 PDF file||--||Oct 28|
|Oct 26||6||HW 7 PDF file||--||Nov 4|
|Nov 2||6/7||HW 8 PDF file||--||Nov 11|
|Nov 9||7||HW 9 PDF file||--||Nov 18||Nov 23||8||HW 10 PDF file||--||Dec 2||Nov 30||8/10||HW 11 PDF file||--||Dec 9|
|Midterm||Date: Monday, Oct 19||In Class|
|Final||Monday, Dec. 14, 5:15-7:45pm||Room: Library W4525|
Final : 40%
If you have a physical, psychiatric,
medical, or learning disability that may affect your ability to carry out
the assigned course work, please contact the office of Disability Support
Services (DSS) at (631) 632-6748 or DSS. They will determine with you what accommodations are necessary and appropriate. All information and documentation is confidential.
Students who require assistance during emergency evacuation are
encouraged to discuss their needs with their professors and Disability
Support Services. For procedures and information go to the following
The Undergraduate Council has asked that the statement below be included
in each course syllabus.
Each student must pursue his or her academic goals and be personally accountable for all submitted work. Representing another person's work as your own is always wrong. ANy suspected instance of academic dishonesty will be reported to the Academic Judiciary. For more comprehensive information on academic integrity, including categories of academic dishonest, please refer to the Academic Judiciary website at http://www.stonybrook.edu/uaa/academicjudiciary/