Northern Illinois University

Department of Mathematical Sciences



COURSE DESCRIPTION: Matrices, Vectors and Applications (3). System of linear equations, matrix algebra, determinant. Vectors, vector spaces, eigenvalues and eigenvectors. Least square problems and the singular value decomposition. Except with departmental approval student may not receive credit for both Math 239 and Math 240. Not used in major GPA calculation for mathematical sciences majors.

PREREQUISITE: Math 232 or consent of department

TEXT: Linear Algebra with Application , 7th Edition, by Steven J. Leon

SYLLABUS: The course will cover most of chapter 1-6 of the text.

FINAL EXAMINATION: The departmental final exam is scheduled for

TUESDAY, May 5, 2-3:50 p.m.

COURSE OBJECTIVES: This course is focused on basic concepts, computational methods and various real life applications from sciences and engineering. Also this course is also designed to be a transition course from calculus course to 400-level applied mathematics courses for students minoring in computational or applied mathematics.

GRADING: Your grade will be based on a total 700 points as follows:

3 one-hour tests (300 points)

quizzes and homework (100 points)

Matlab-based project (100 points)

FINAL EXAM (200 points)

WITHDRAWAL: The last day for undergraduates to withdraw from a full-session course is March 6, Friday, 2009.

ACADEMIC CONDUCT: Academic honesty and mutual respect (student with student and instructor with student) are expected in this course. Mutual respect means being on time for class and not leaving early, being prepared to give full attention to class work, not reading newspapers or other material in class, not using cell phones or pagers during class time, and not looking at another student's work during exams. Academic misconduct, as defined by the Student Judicial Code, will not be treated lightly.

CAAR STATEMENT: If you have specific physical, psychiatric, or learning disabilities and require accomodations, please let your instructor know early in the semester so that your learning needs may be appropriately met. You will need to provide documentation of your disability to the CAAR (Center for Access Ability Resources) Office located in the Health Services Building, 4th floor.

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE OF LECTURES Tues./Thurs. 2:00 - 3:15 p.m. DU 348:

Week of         Tuesday         Thursday

Jan 12          1.1/1.2         1.3
Jan 19          1.4/1.5         2.1
Jan 26          2.2             2.2/2.3
Feb 2           Review          Exam 1
Feb 9           3.1             3.2
Feb 16          3.2             3.3
Feb 23          3.4             3.5
March 2         3.6             Exam 2
Spring Break    ----            ----
March 16        4.1             4.2
March 23        4.3             5.1/5.2
March 30        5.3             5.4
April 6         5.5/5.6         5.6
April 13        Review          Exam 3
April 20        6.1             6.3
April 27        6.5             6.5

 FINAL EXAM IS ON MAY 5, 8-9:50 A.M. 

SCHEDULE OF CLASSES: Official NIU schedule of classes

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