Fall 2015 (Applied) Linear Algebra Math 5100/5300
Instructor Niloufer Mackey  (nil{dot}mackey{at}wmich{dot}edu)
Office 6618 Everett; Phone (269) 387-4594
Office Hours MWF 11am - noon; TR 3 - 4 p.m.; Other times by appointment. Right before class is definitely not a good time to see me.
Class Time MW 3:30 - 4:45 p.m., 3393 Rood.
Text Matrix Analysis and Applied Linear Algebra, by Carl Meyer, SIAM, 2000.
Optional For afficionados, Matrix Analysis by Roger Horn and Charles Johnson. Also, Introduction to Matrix Analysis, by Richard Bellman, once out of print, but now available in SIAM's Classics in Applied Mathematics series.
Software MATLAB.  A high-level interactive system containing state-of-the-art routines for numerical computation. Matlab stands for "MATrix LABoratory". Available on the Windows machines in the Rood Hall Computer Lab. You may purchase the student edition of MATLAB for your personal use, but it is not required. A free alternative, similar to MATLAB is Octave, available under the GNU Public License.
To learn MATLAB, start with     Workshop I     Workshop II     MathWorks.com

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which I can then use to nominate you for free SIAM membership.

*Attendance is required, and active participation is essential.

*Homework will be regularly assigned. Solutions to selected problems are to be turned in. Problems will cover both applied and theoretical aspects of the course. Note that you should know how to solve all assigned problems, whether or not they have to be turned in. Solutions must be legible, organized and always include reasoning (whether the problem explicitly calls for it or not). Please leave room for feedback by writing only on one side of the page, and beginning a new problem on a new page.

Work in teams of two, turning in one assignment per team. Both team members must contribute to the work. Both are responsible for the work turned in, and the writing must be farily and approximately equally distributed amongst the two team members.

*Quizzes will be given from time to time. Typically, they will cover basic definitions and concepts, so learn these well. Be prepared to give precise definitions, state important results, decide if statements are True or False.

*Exams: In-class Midterm: Wed Oct 21. Cumulative final exam: Mon 14 Dec, 2:45 - 4:45 p.m.

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*Academic Honesty: Help received on homework from other sources must be acknowledged by a note at the beginning of your assignment. Under no circumstances is it acceptable for you to copy solutions from other sources without acknowledgement, and without demonstrating understanding. Violations of this policy will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct.

Niloufer Mackey
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