Department of Mathematical Sciences
Northern Illinois University
12:301:45, M T W R, Davis 309
June 19  August 10
Professor John Beachy,
Watson 355, 7536753, email: beachy@math.niu.edu
Office hours: M T W 2:003:00; R 10:3011:30
SYLLABUS
COURSE:
LINEAR AND MULTILINEAR ALGEBRA (3)
The general theory of vector spaces,
linear transformations, and
matrices.
Topics selected from determinants,
tensor products,
canonical forms,
and bilinear and quadratic forms.
PREREQUISITE:
Math 240 and Math 420, or consent of department.
MATH 240 summary
(pdf format, 8 pages)
Abstract Algebra OnLine
TEXT:
Linear Algebra: An Introductory Approach,
by C.W. Curtis,
(Springer Verlag, 1984, ISBN 0387909923))
GRADING:
Grades will be based on 500 points:
400 points for four hour exams and 100 points for homework.
TENTATIVE SYLLABUS:
I plan to cover the following sections.
 Chapter 2, Vector Spaces and Systems of Linear Equations (2 weeks)
 Chapter 3, Linear Transformations and Matrices (1 week)
 Chapter 5, Determinants (1 week)
 Chapter 4, Vector Spaces with an Inner Product (2 weeks)
 Chapter 7, The Theory of a Single Linear Transformation (2 weeks)
EXAMS:
 EXAM I, Monday, July 3
 Exam I, in .pdf format
(postponed from Thursday), covering sections 2  10
 Exam II, Monday, July 15,
 Exam II
covering sections 11  13 in detail (know the proofs)
sections 16  19 in much less detail (know the statements of theorems,
and how to use determinants)
 Exam III, Monday, July 31,
 Exam III
covering sections 15 and 22 (plus notes)
 Exam IV, Thursday, August 10,
 Exam IV
covering sections 2225, as summarized in the class notes
ASSIGMENTS:
 6/20: Homework 1, due at 5:00 pm
 6/27: Homework 2, due in class
 7/10: Homework 3, due in class
 7/13: Homework 4, due in class
 7/24: Homework 5, due at 5:00 pm
 7/27: Homework 6, due in class
 8/8,9: Homework 7 and 8, due in class
ONLINE REFERENCES:
 Hefferon,
Linear Algebra, and
Solutions Manual
 Matthews,
Elementary Linear Algebra
 Payne,
A Second Semester of Linear Algebra
CLASS NOTES:
 Introductory lecture
 Row reduction of matrices
 Vector spaces and subspaces
 Sample Test 1 from 1998
(the last question about linear transformations is inappropriate)
 Class notes on canonical forms

(12 pages in Acrobat reader format; the first 5 have been revised
a bit from the ones I handed out in class)