M340L MATRICES AND MATRIX CALCULATIONS


Prerequisite and degree relevance: The prerequisite is one semester of calculus (either M408C, M408K, or M408N) with grade of at least C-, or consent of instructor. Only one of M341 and M340L may be counted.

Course description: The goal of M340L is to present the many uses of matrices and the many techniques and concepts needed in such uses. The emphasis is on concrete concepts  and understanding and using techniques, rather than on learning proofs and abstractions. The course is designed for applications-oriented students such as those in the natural and social sciences, engineering, and business. Topics might include matrix operations, systems of linear equations, introductory vector-space concepts (e.g., linear dependence and independence, basis, dimension), determinants, introductory concepts of eigensystems, introductory linear programming, and least square problems.