642:550 Linear Algebra and Applications (Fall 2013)
642:550 Linear Algebra and Applications (Fall 2013)
General Information:

Instructor:
Prof. Roe Goodman tel. (848) 4457951

When and where:
Monday and Wednesday 5:006:20, Hill425 BUS

Office hours: Monday and Wednesday: 4:00  5:00 pm, Hill 428 (by
appointment at other times)

Text: Gilbert Strang, Linear Algebra and its
Applications, 4th edition
ISBN #0030105676, Thomson  Brooks/Cole, 2006
Course Web Page:
This document, other course materials, information about the course,
and links to relevant web sites are posted on the . 642:550 course
page. To reach this page, go to the Mathematics Department web
site. Click on Graduate, then Courses, then Course
Materials, then on Applied Math 642:550 Linear Algebra and
Applications. Follow the indicated links from there. Be sure
that you go to the Fall 2013 page.
Computer Component of Course
Linear algebra is the most widelyused mathematics tool in engineering,
applied science, and statistics. Unlike the onevariable calculus problems
that you can solve by hand calculation (or with the aid of a graphing
calculator), linear algebra algorithms generally require substantial computer
resources. The best software package for this purpose is generally agreed to
be MATLAB, although other symbolic computer programs such as MAPLE and
MATHEMATICA also have linear algebra capabilities. In this course you will do
several MATLAB assignments and create a printed writeups of your MATLAB
sessions to hand in for grading. These assignments have a double purpose:
 to help you learn the concepts and algorithms of linear algebra by
using them in an interactive computer environment.
 to introduce you to stateoftheart computational tools for
important applications of linear algebra, such as the Fast Fourier Transform,
Least Squares Data Fitting, and Digital Image Compression.
Using MATLAB in this course
The MATLAB software package is installed on the ra computer in the
math department network and is accessible via ssh from the math
department terminal rooms in Hill Center. Any student in the course wanting to
run MATLAB on the math department system can obtain a class account (math
graduate students already have such accounts). For students in the School of
Engineering there are several computer networks on which MATLAB is installed.
It is also available in the Student PC Labs in the ARC Building on Busch
Campus (and at the Student PC labs on the Livingston, College Avenue, and
Douglass campuses). You can purchase the Student edition of MATLAB for PC's,
Linux or Macintosh from the web site of
Mathworks. It includes documentation and tutorials. Links to
MATLABrelated web sites can be found on the course web page.
Exams, Homework, and Grades
There is one midterm exam (80
minutes) and a final exam (3 hours). Both exams are closed book. There
are five MATLAB assignments. Writeups of selected homework problems
are due each week; you should also work through the recommended
additional homework problems (not graded) listed on the homework
page. Please ask about homework problems (before or after the
lectures, at office hours, or by email).
Homeworkis due as indicated in the list of assignments. No late
homework is accepted.
Important:
The exams will contain problems that test your understanding of the concepts
of linear algebra, in addition to straightforward computational problems.
All exams are closed book, with no calculators or formula sheets allowed.
Your final course grade will be determined on the following
500point basis:
 Midterm exam: 100 points
 MATLAB assignments: 150 points
 Graded homework: 50 points
 final exam: 200 points
Prof.
Roe Goodman (goodman at math dot rutgers dot edu) /
Revised July 31, 2013