Math 513 - Linear Algebra
Brandon Levin - Fall 2018
Office: ENR2 S339
Office hours: Mon. 1 - 3 pm, Wed. 10:30 - 11:30 am, or by appointment.
Text(s): The text for the course is
by K. Hoffman and R. Kunze (second edition).
- Linear algebra as an introduction to abstract mathematics by I. Lankham, B. Nachtergaele, A. Schilling
- Liner algebra by S. Friedberg, A. Insel and L. Spence
Prerequisites: A solid background in constructing precise, rigorous mathematical proofs at least at the level of Math 323.
Familiarity working with functions, sets, real and complex numbers. Experience with undergrad level linear algebra is recommended in order to
connect the abstract concepts presented in this class with concrete applications.
Homework: Homework is the most important part of the course. There will be weekly homework
assignments which will usually be due on Wednesday in class. Homework can be either hand-written or written in latex. You will be graded on correctness and the clarity of your proofs.
Homework will be posted here.
Exams: There will be a mid-term tentatively scheduled for October 15th .
The final will be take-home due at the scheduled time of the final Thursday, December 13th at 10:30 am .
Midterm Solutions .
Grades: The course grade will be determined using the weighting:
Incompletes: I will follow the University and Departmental
policies on incompletes.
- Midterm 20%
- Final 40%
- Homework 40%
Communication: It is the student's responsibility to keep informed
of any announcements, syllabus adjustments or policy changes. Announcements will usually be made via email so you are expected to check email regularly.
If there is a particular email you want me to use please let me know.
Classroom Behavior: To foster a positive learning environment,
students and instructors have a shared responsibility. We want a safe, welcoming, and inclusive environment where all of us feel comfortable with each other and where we can challenge ourselves to succeed. To that end, our focus is on the tasks at hand and not on extraneous activities (texting, chatting, reading a newspaper, making phone calls, web surfing).
Course policies are subject to change with advanced notice as deemed appropriated by the instructor.