Welcome to Math 320! This course is an introduction to Linear Algebra. Linear Algebra is one of the most fundamental subjects in modern mathematics and an invaluable tool in many other disciplines ranging from economics to computer science and physics to engineering. In this course we will explore solutions to linear systems of equations, vector spaces and linear transformations.

** Lecturer: ** Izzet Coskun, coskunizzet@gmail.com

** Office hours: ** MW 10-11, F 11-12 and by appointment in SEO 423

** Venue: ** 316 Taft Hall, MWF 9:00-9:50 am.

** Text book: ** We will be using an online book freely available on the web. The text book for this course is Linear Algebra by Jim Hefferon of Saint Michael's College. You can download the book at BOOK

** Prerequisites: ** Calculus I, II, III. Some familiarity with writing proofs is helpful, but not required.

** Homework: ** There will be weekly homework. The homework
is due on Wednesdays at the beginning of class. Late homework will not
be accepted. You are allowed, in fact encouraged, to discuss problems with your classmates; however, the
write-up must be your own and should reflect your own understanding of
the problem. I consider homework to be the most important part of this course. Anyone who misses more than two problem sets will receive a failing grade in this course.

** Grading: ** There will be one midterm exam and a final
examination. The midterm and the homework will each count for 30% of
your grade. The final examination will account for 40% of your grade. In order to pass the course, you must pass the final exam.

** Additional references: ** There are many excellent text books in Linear Algebra. You might want to refer to them for more information or a different point of view. Some of my favorites are:

- Gilbert Strang, Introduction to Linear Algebra, Wellesley Cambridge Press, 2009.
- Otto Bretscher, Linear Algebra and its Applications, Prentice Hall 2004.
- Tom M. Apostol, Multivariable Calculus and Linear Algebra with Applications, Wiley 1969.

** Links to other linear algebra webpages: ** Caution I have not checked the content in these pages. Some have beautiful pictures and applications that you might find useful.

- OCW Linear Algebra Webpage at MIT (html) This is a great resource with videos of lectures by Strang.
- Math Archives of Linear Algebra Course Notes and applications Linear Algebra Archive
- There are many other lecture notes on the web. I encourage you to explore them.

** Information for those interested in applying for graduate school in mathematics **
You can find Professor Daughtery's advice here

** Course materials: **