MATHEMATICS 601 Mathematical Principles in Science I
Au 20101 Info for the sections at 2:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m. MWF
Instructor: Dr. Rodica D. Costin,
Office: 436 Math Tower
Office hours: MW 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. or by appointment
Elementary operations with matrices, calculation of determinants,
some familiarity with vectors
[S] Linear Algebra and Its Applications by G. Strang (4th edition)
Other Reference books:
[W] L.W. Johnson, Riess & Arnold: Introduction to Linear Algebra
[L] P. Lax: Linear Algebra
Notations as in [W].
One homework set every week, generally posted on the web page each
Wednesday and due the following Wednesday at the beginning of the
One take-home cummulative final.
Team work: YES for
homework, NO for the exam.
• For each homework assignment, collaboration is allowed. Every
must submit his/her own solutions.
• The FINAL EXAM IS INDIVIDUAL, and any collaboration is strictly
Each assignment paper will be graded for mathematical correctness
AND PRESENTATION. Points will be deducted for sloppiness,
incomprehensible or insufficient explanation, or for lack of
supporting arguments. The solutions should be presented so that your
fellow students could read them and follow both the calculations and
Each assignment (8 or 9 total) will consist of approximately 100
possible points, and the Final Exam will be worth about 200 points.
There is a total of about 1000 points.
Late papers will not be accepted except in extreme situations with
documented excuse. It is the student’s responsibility to be aware of
all instructions that are delivered during class, including
departures from general assignments.
Use of software: You are
encouraged and sometimes have to use a software package such as
Maple, Mathematica, or Matlab. So, practice with some linear algebra
software soon, and get used to working with it. All routine
calculations should be checked this way. If we want you to do hand
calculations, we will make it explicit. Even then, check your
When you use software, you should submit the output + explanations
(what calculations you did and why). A simple solution consisting of
output from, say, Maple is NOT sufficient. Use common sense here.