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Sections: 500 and 200 (honors)
Time: TR 9:35 - 10:50 am
Room: BLOC 121
Textbook: I. M. Gelfand,
Lectures on Linear Algebra,
Dover, ISBN-10: 0486660826?, ISBN-13: 978-0486660820.
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Regular office hours: TR 1 - 2 pm, Rm. Blocker 614A, no appointment is needed.
Additional office hours can be arranged by appointment.
Linear algebra is a mathematical topic of great elegancy and enormous importance. Proficency in it is required in any area of mathematics - analysis, algebra, geometry, etc., as well as applications - from physics to biology, economics, engineering, ... you name it.
The Math 423 class assumes the prior knowledge of some basics of linear algebra from the classes like Math 304 or Math 323.
Starting with a brief going through the basics, which are assumed to be known: concerning vector spaces, bases, Gauss elimination, and matrices, we will progress to a variety of more advanced topics and applications. These, time permitting, will include duality of spaces and operators, bilinear and quadratic forms, various important matrix decompositions, Euclidean and unitary spaces, various classes of matrices (self-adjoint (Hermitian), normal, orthogonal, unitary, positive definite, etc.), spectra, resolvents, eigenvectors and generalized eigenvectors, normal forms, functions of matrices, some numerical analysis topics. Time permitting, we might also cover relations to differential equations, quantum mechanics, and linear programming.
Students who attend the "stacked" Honors sub-section 200, will have to address somewhat more advanced topics and will get different homeworks, quizzes, midterms, and finals.
This is a rigorous, proof-based course, which means that close attention will be paid to students' ability to write mathematical statements and proofs mathematically and grammatically correctly.
MATH 304 or MATH 323, or instructor's content.
|Dates||# of sessions||Topic||Weekly HW||Exams|
|2||Overview of Linear Algebra. Sections 1, 9, 10||HW1, Q1|
|4||Euclidean vector spaces. Sections 2, 3, 5||HW2|
|4||Bilinear and quadratic forms. Sections 4-7||HW3|
|February 23rd||1||Exam 1|
|2||Complex Vector Spaces, Unitary spaces, Section $8.||Q2, March 2nd|
|4||Various classes of operators. The spectral theorem. Ch. II + notes.||HW5, 6|
|Variational approaches, SVD, etc. Ch. II + notes.||HW 7|
|1||Relations to quantum mechanices|
|Functions of matrices and ODEs|
|April 4th||1||Exam 2|
|Jordan form. Ch. III||HW8|
|Tensors. Ch. IV|
|May 4th||12:30 - 2:30 pm||Final exam|
Final Exams Schedule
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information in your calculator/computer/phone, etc., and/or having
someone else do your work for you are all acts of scholastic
dishonesty. These acts, and other acts that can be classified as
scholastic dishonesty, will be prosecuted to the full extent allowed
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