Linear Algebra and Applications (Math 301)
In this course, you will learn linear algebra...
 Basic course information
 Required textbook and other resources
 Lectures
 Homework assignments
 Exams
 Grading policy
Send me an email
Please send me an email at donnacalhoun@boisestate.edu so that I can compile an email list for the class. At the very least, include a subject header that says "Math 301". You may leave the message area blank, if you wish, or send me a short note about what you hope to get out of this course.
Basic course information
Instructor  Prof. Donna Calhoun 
Office  Mathematics 241A 
Time  Tuesday/Thursday 9:0010:15 
Place  M135 (Mathematics Building) 
Office Hours  Tuesday 10:30AM12:30PM 
Prerequesites  Math 175 
Required textbook and other resources
 Linear Algebra and its Applications, by Gilbert Strang. Cengage, (2004) (required).
 Linear Algebra, by Gilbert Strang. MIT Open CourseWare, (2010) (suggested).
Lectures
Below are the slides from lecture material that I can make available online.
Week #1 (Aug. 25) 
Tuesday 
Introduction to Linear Algebra
Thursday 
Section 1.2 : The Geometry of Linear Equations

Week #2 (Sept. 1) 
Tuesday 
Section 1.3 : An example of Gaussian Elimination
Thursday 
Section 1.4 : Matrix notation and matrix multiplication

Week #3 (Sept. 8) 
Tuesday 
Section 1.5 : Triangular Factors and Row Exchanges

Week #4 (Sept. 15) 
Tuesday 
Quiz on Chapter 1
Thursday 
Section 2.1 : Vector spaces and subspaces

Week #5 (Sept. 22) 
Tuesday 
Section 2.2 : Solving Ax=0 and Ax=b
Thursday 
Review for midterm

Week #6 (Sept. 29) 
Tuesday 
Midterm #1
Thursday 
Section 2.3 : Linear Independence, Basis and Dimension

Week #7 (Oct. 6) 
Tuesday 
Section 2.4 : The four fundamental subspaces
Thursday 
Section 2.5 : Graphs and Networks

Week #8 (Oct. 13) 
Tuesday 
Section 3.1 : Orthogonal Vectors and Subspaces
Thursday 
Section 3.2 : Cosines and projections onto lines

Week #9 (Oct. 20) 
Tuesday 
Section 3.3 : Projections and least squares
Thursday 
In class review of Chapter 3 ideas.

Week #10 (Oct. 27 ) 
Tuesday 
Section 4.12 : Determinants; Properties of determinants
Thursday 
Section 4.3 : Formulas for the Determinant

Week #11 (Nov. 3) 
Tuesday 
Review
Thursday 
No class

Week #12 (Nov. 10) 
Tuesday 
Midterm #2
Thursday 
Section 5.1 : Eigenvalues and Eigenvectors

Week #13 (Nov. 17) 
Tuesday 
Section 5.2 : Diagonalization of a matrix
Thursday 
Section 5.2 : Difference equations and powers A^k

Week #14 (Dec. 1) 
Tuesday 
Section 5.3 : Fibonacci sequences
Thursday 
Section 5.3 : Markov Matrices

Week #15 (Dec. 8) 
Tuesday 
Quiz on 5.15.3; Review for final exam

Homework assignments
Homework assignments are due Thursday, at the start of class.
Homework #0 
Due Aug. 28

Homework #1 
Due Sept. 4

Homework #2 
Due Sept. 11

Homework #3 
Due Sept. 18

Homework #4 
Due Sept. 26

Homework #5 
Due Oct. 9th

Homework #6 
Due Oct. 16th

Homework #7 
Due Oct. 23th

Homework #8 
Due Oct. 30th

Homework #9 
Due Nov. 11th

Homework #10 
Due Nov. 20th

Homework #11 
Due Dec. 9th

Exams
We will have two midterm and one final exam
Midterm #1  Date: September 30 
Midterm #2  Date: November 11 
Final  Date: Tuesday, December 16 The final is 9:3011:30 (note time change), in our regular classroom 
You can find the Final Exam calendar here.
Grading policy
Homework will count for 20% of your final grade, quizzes will count towards 20% of your grade, and the two exams and final each be 20% of your final grade. Quizzes will be mostly on the homework, and you will be given plenty of notice (no pop quizzes!).