Department of Mathematical Sciences,
Northern Illinois University
2009-2010

MATH 240 Resources on the WEB

COURSE: MATH 240, Linear Algebra and Applications (4). Matrix algebra and solutions of systems of linear equations, matrix inversion, determinants. Vector spaces, linear dependence, basis and dimension, subspaces. Inner products, Gram-Schmidt process. Linear transformations, matrices of a linear transformation. Eigenvalues and eigenvectors. Some numerical methods for linear systems-Gaussian elimination with partial pivoting, the iterative Jacobi and Gauss-Seidel methods. Applications.

COURSE OBJECTIVES: Students should develop some computational skills in working with linear functions and the matrices used to represent them. However, more of the course will focus on non-computational issues, such as learning to use appropriate terminology and reasoning and constructing proofs. This course is intended as a transition between the beginning calculus courses and upper level courses in mathematics.

RESOURCES on the WEB:

About using a calculator to do linear algebra problems:
at NIU
Lists of Linear Algebra sites:
Math Forum, at Drexel University
Math Archives, at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Tutorials:
The Connected Curriculum Project
at Duke University, funded by the National Science Foundation;
requires a local installation of MAPLE, MATHEMATICA, or MATLAB
Projects:
ATLAST Project Forum
at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, directed by Steven Leon, and sponsored by the National Science Foundation
Student Projects in Linear Algebra | Sample Activities in Linear Algebra
at the College of the Redwoods, developed by David Arnold under an NSF grant

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