Topics in Applied Math I

Math 311 Section 501--Fall 2017

TTr: 12:45 - 2:00 BLOC 149

Instructor: Professor J. D. Ward
Office: 611A Blocker
Phone: 845-7554 (math office)
Office Hours: Monday, 1:00-2:00 and Wednesday, 1:00-2:00; or by appointment.
Linear Algebra Help Sessions: 7:30 - 9:30 TTR, Bloc 121 :
Final Exam: Wednesday, December 13, 8:00-10:00 BLOC 149

Required Text S. Leon and S. Colley: Math 311: Linear algebra and Vector calculus at Texas A&M University (Ed. 1), Pearson Custom Publishing, Boston, Mass. 2012 ISBN 978-0-536-74402-9

Prerequisites Math 221, 251 or 253; Math 308 or concurrent enrollment, or junior or senior classification or approval of instructor. Credit will not be given for more than one of Math 304, 309, 311 or 323.


  1. Quizzes (based on assigned homework problems) 25%
  2. Class Exam I 25%
  3. Class Exam II 25%
  4. Final Exam 25%


90-100% A
80-89% B
70-79% C
60-69% D
below 60% no guarantees

Note: Q-drop deadline is Friday November 17 (5 PM)

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Nature and Content of Course: The first 60% of the course is devoted to linear algebra, with a strong bias toward applications to analysis. The remaining 40% is devoted to the material traditionally called vector calculus (or vector analysis), along with some other topics in advanced calculus which provide nice applications of the linear algebra covered in the first part. Course content includes: matrices, determinants, systems of linear equations, eigenvalues, eigenvectors diagonalization of symmetric matrices. Vector analysis, including normal derivatives, gradient, divergence, curl, line and surface integrals, Gauss', Green's and Stoke's theorems. Prerequisite: MATH 251 and MATH 308, or current enrollment therein.

Attendance and Make-up Policy: Class attendance is required. Make-ups (or satisfactory equivalents) will be given only in cases authorized under TAMU Regulations. In borderline cases, your instructor will decide whether or not the excuse is authorized. Also, if you miss a test, contact your instructor immediately. All printed hand-outs and web materials are protected by US Copyright Laws. No multiple copies can be made without written permission by the instructor.