Matrix Theory, SM261
On this page you will find the syllabus and policy statement for SM261.
Assigned homework will be due weekly as indicated in class (usually on a Wednesday or Friday). No late homework will be accepted without an excuse such as MO or sickness. The last homework set is due the last day of class and no class work can be turned in after that.
Unless stated otherwise, the use of calculators on the individual exams/final will not be allowed. Laptops and cellphones are not allowed during class.
Quizzes, if we have time for any, will be open notes. The tests will be as in the syllabus, or as close as possible.
where T=test average, Q=quiz average, H=hmwk ave, F=final exam. Interim 6 week and 12 week grade will be pro-rated.
Textbook: The text for Fall 2016-2017 is Hefferon's Linear Algebra, the Dec 2014 version. It is free.
- Computer projects in the textbook's Lab Manual using the free computer algebra system Sagemath (cloud.sagemath.com or sagemath.org) will be allowed as extra credit. You can earn up to 2% extra credit if you do all the Sage Lab Manual (pdf) assignments.
- You can also earn extra credit if you watch and take lecture notes for the linear algebra MIT videos (see below for the link). You can earn up to 2\% extra credit if you turn in notes for each lecture covering a topic in our syllabus.
- All extra credit is due before the 12 week grade point.
Please refer to.
- sm261 course review/synopsis (pdf)
- My lecture notes for the course (pdf), and some sports ranking/rating examples for the 2016 Patriot league baseball (the USNA ranked #1 that year).
- Prof Beezer's free linear algebra book,
- Sage and linear algebra
- videos on linear algebra (Prof Strang at MIT)
- interactive linear algebra examples
- tutorial on change of basis
- tutorial on eigenvalues and eigenvectors
- tutorial on visualizing matrix transformations geometrically
- Spring 2009-2010 final.
- Fall 2009-2010 final, with .
- Fall 2003-2004 final, with solutions.
- Fall 2000-2001 final.
- Fall 1996-1997 final.