## Applied Linear Algebra, M346, Fall 2003

• Classes: Tuesday and Thursday, 9:30-11, RLM 5.124
• Office: RLM 9.114
• Office Hours: MW 2-3
• Phone: 471-7121
• Text: Applied Linear Algebra; the Decoupling Principle, by yours truly.  We will attempt to cover the first 8 chapters, with occasional sections skipped.  Note that MOST copies of the book on the used book market are defective, thanks to a printing error that took way too long to be caught.  Look at the figure on page 15.  If the bold face b's in the figure don't have subscripts, then most of the other figures in the book, especially in the later chapters, are also mangled.
• Prerequisites: M340L or M341 or M311 or my permission.  I expect you to have a good feel for manipulating matrices, especially row reduction, but also taking determinants. I also expect you to have seen abstract vector spaces and linear transformations, but some rustiness is expected -- we'll be reviewing that.  I don't assume you've seen eigenvalues and eigenvectors at all; we'll do them from scratch.
• Midterm exam results.  The results from the first midterm were quite poor, with a median of 62.  The results from the second midterm were much, much better.  The median was 84, and only three students scored below 65.   Congratulations to the many students who made a big recovery from the first midterm to the second.
• Final exam:  The final exam was Wednesday afternoon.  The actual exam, with and without solutions, is posted below.  Grading has gone slower than expected.  I hope to have the exam graded by the end of the day Monday, and course grades computed by TUESDAY at noon, but that's a hope, not a promise!
• ### * Handouts and Other Course Information

• First Day Handout
• Practice first midterm exam (from Fall 2000)
• Practice first midterm solutions
• Actual first midterm, with and without solutions
• Practice second midterm exam (from Fall 2000)
• Practice second exam solutions
• Actual second midterm, with and without solutions
• Practice final exam (from Fall 2000)
• Practice exam solutions
• Final exam
• Final exam solutions
• Course Schedule
• Homework
• Homework Solutions (Updated Monday Dec 8)
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