Department of Mathematics  Department of Mathematics
  Math 309: Matrix Algebra
  Syllabus, Fall 2014


Matrix algebra
and linear algebra really refer to the same subject.  The term matrix algebra suggests a more concrete point of view for an introduction to the subject: matrices are a useful computational tool in linear algebra.  You can get a treatment of the subject that is more theoretical (and more extensive) in Math 429 (Linear Algebra).     

This course contains a fair amount of computation to help understand the ideas. These computations help you to understand the ideas and how they can be used -- but do realize that these computations are much more "small-scale" than often appear in real world applications where a lot of computing power may be needed, even though the underlying mathematical ideas are exactly the same.

This course, however, involves more than cookbook calculations.  It will require learning some new and more abstract ideas.  It will be important to actually learn some definitions and statements of theorems, more so than in the typical introductory calculus courses. So this may take some adjustment in your study habits.  

You should definitely read the guidelines How to Study Linear Algebra which the author
of the text has provided.  His suggestions are "right on target" !

You can access
the syllabus in two ways: by going directly to the syllabus online, or by signing on to Blackboard where there are links into the syllabus. It's entirely up to you which way you do it.

Most of the important information for the course will be posted within the syllabus. In particular, course updates will be posted on the page "Announcements and Weekly Schedule." That is the syllabus page you will open most frequently, since it will be updated a few times each week as the course goes on. 
Exceptions: scores for written homework and exams will be recorded directly into 
Blackboard and you'll need to view them there, and WebWorK scores can be viewed only from within WebWorK.

Important reminders will also be made available via email to the whole class.
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