MATH 2121: Linear Algebra
Students explore the following topics: systems of linear equations, matrix arithmetic, determinants, real vector spaces, linear transformations, eigenvalues, eigenvectors, and diagonalization.
- Solve systems of linear equations and homogeneous systems of linear equations by Gaussian elimination and Gauss-Jordan elimination.
- Row-reduce a matrix to either row-echelon or reduced row-echelon form.
- Use matrix operations to solve systems of equations and be able to determine the nature of the solutions.
- Understand some applications of systems of linear equations.
- Perform operations with matrices and find the transpose and inverse of a matrix.
- Calculate determinants using row operations, column operations and expansion down any column and across any row.
- Interpret vectors in two and three-dimensional space both algebraically and geometrically.
- Use the Gram-Schmidt process to produce an orthonormal basis.
- Use basic mathematical proof techniques to prove or disprove certain claims (e.g. prove or disprove whether a given set of objects constitutes a vector space).
- Find the kernel, range, rank, and nullity of a linear transformation.
- Calculate eigenvalues and their corresponding eigenspaces.
- Understand the concept of a linear transformation as a mapping from one vector space to another and be able to calculate its matrix representation with respect to standard and nonstandard bases.
- Determine if a matrix is diagonalizable, and if it is, how to diagonalize it.
- Unit 1: Systems of Linear Equations
- Unit 2: Matrices and Determinants
- Unit 3: Vector Spaces
- Unit 4: Inner Product Spaces
- Unit 5: Linear Transformations, Eigenvalues and Eigenvectors
Required text and materials
The following materials are required for this course:
- Larson, R. (2017). Elementary linear algebra (8th ed.). Boston, MA: Brooks/Cole,
Type: Textbook ISBN: 978-1-305-65800-4
- Larson, R. (2017). Student solutions manual for elementary linear algebra (8th
ed.). Boston, MA: Brooks/Cole, Cengage Learning.
Type: Textbook ISBN: 978-1-305-65802-8
A scientific calculator is allowed both in the course term work and on the final exam. Graphing calculators are not permitted.
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To successfully complete this course, students must achieve a passing grade of 50% or higher on the overall course, and 50% or higher on the final mandatory examination.
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|Assignment 1: Unit 1||9%|
|Assignment 2: Unit 2||9%|
|Assignment 3: Unit 3||9%|
|Assignment 4: Unit 4||9%|
|Assignment 5: Unit 5||9%|
|Final Exam (mandatory)||40%|
Open Learning Faculty Member Information
An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of the course.