Mathematics
110
Fall, 2008
Tu Th 3:405 PM,
3 Evans Hall
 Course control number 54739

Current
Enrollment information
Matrices, vector spaces, linear transformations, inner products,
determinants. Eigenvectors. QR factorization. Quadratic forms and
Rayleigh's principle. Jordan canonical form, applications. Linear
functionals.
Exams
Our final exam group is the last one during
exam period. Sign up for
another
Math 110 section
if you need to get out of town
early.
I have taught Math 110 three times before, once as an honors
course and twice as a nonhonors course in a large auditorium.
See my Fall, 2002
page and my Spring, 2005 page for the nonhonors courses
and my Fall, 2003
page for the honors course.
Each page has links to problems and solutions for
the exams in the course.
The nonhonors midterms exams were 80minute exams, just as ours will
be.
Textbook
At Cal, we have settled on two textbooks for our Math 110 courses:
Sheldon Axler's
Linear
Algebra Done Right and
Linear Algebra
by Friedberg, Insel and Spence.
These are both excellent books. After a short period of
indecision, I settled on the
first book as
our textbook for the semester.
My principal reasons:
I've used the Friedberg book three times in Math 110 but have
never before taught with the Axler book;
the second book is three times the price of the first!
Grading
Grades
in this course will be based on a composite
grade that includes the three exams and your homework scores.
I am thinking of the following mix: 15% each midterm exam, 20% homework,
50% final exam.
If you're curious, the last time I taught Math 110, there were 129
names on my spreadsheet. I gave out around 32% As, 36% Bs, 16% Cs and
16% DFI. Some of the students who failed had probably dropped the
course before the final exam.
Syllabus and homework
The iCal calendar
for our section will provide brief descriptions of each lecture in
the semester as well as the homework assignments that are due each
week.
Online discussion
Please register for google groups and join the
group Math
110.
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