Math 355: Linear Algebra, Summer 2005
Instructor: Wei Zhu
Office: Hermann Brown Basement 47
Phone: 7133482867
Email: weizhu@math.rice.edu
Time: MTWRF
Location: Hermann Brown 453 (campus map)
Syllabus (PDF)
Text Book: Applied Linear Algebra (3rd Edition) by Ben Noble and James W.Daniel, Prentice Hall (1998)
Course overview: The goal of this course is to give an introduction to the concepts and methods of Linear Algebra. We will first introduce the notion of matrices and the method of Gaussian elimination. We will then proceed to the study of vector spaces, linear transformations and bases of vector spaces. The course will conclude with the introduction of eigenvalues, the diagonalization of symmetric matrices and the Jordan normal form theorem.
Daily Schedule:
Date 
Material covered 
Homework assignment 
16 May 
Section 1.1~1.4 
Sec 1. #3, Sec 1.2 #3,6,7,13, Sec 1.3. #2,3,25,26,34, Sec 1.4 #3,9,11 
17 May 
Section 3.1~3.4 
Sec 3.2 #3(a),4,5, Sec 3.3 #4,9, Sec 3.4 #2(a),4 
18 May 
Section 3.5, 4.2,4.3 
Sec 3.5 #3, Sec 4.2 #2,3(a)(b), Sec 4.3 #1(a)(d),4,8 
19 May 
Section 4.4, 4.5, review session 
Sec 4.4 #6(a)(b),7(a)(b), Sec 4.5 #1,2,3,10 
22 May 
Section 5.1~5.3 
Sec 5.1 #2, Sec 5.2 #3,7,15, Sec 5.3 #1,2,9 
23 May 
Section 5.4 
Sec 5.4 #1,3,4,11,12,14 
24 May 
Section 5.4, 5.5 
Sec 5.4 #15,16,17,25,26, Sec 5.5 #1,3,4,5,8,9,15,17 
25 May 
Section 6.1, 6.2 
Sec 6.1 #2,3,10,16, Sec 6.2 #1,2,3,5,13 
26 May 
Section 6.2, review session 
Sec 6.2 #14,15,16, Midterm 2, Solution 
29 May 
University Holiday 

30 May 
Section 7.1, 7.2 
Sec 7.1 #3,5, Sec 7.2 #1,2,15,16,17,18 
31 May 
Section 7.3, 7.4 
Sec 7.4 #1,3,10 
1 June 
Jordan form matrices, Sec 5,6,5.7 
Handout( except number 3), Sec 5.6 #1(d)(e)(f), 12, Sec 5.7 #1,4,16,17 
2 June 
Sec 5.8, review session 
Sec 5.8 #7,8 (this is due next Tuesday, noon), Final, Solution 