**MAT 206**

**LINEAR ALGEBRA**

**Tu
Th: 9:30-11:10 AM**

**R
204**

TEXTBOOKS: We will be using two free pdf textbooks available online at:

Textbooks:

__http://joshua.smcvt.edu/linearalgebra/book.pdf__
A more proof-based approach

__https://www.math.ucdavis.edu/~linear/linear-guest.pdf__
A more applied approach

We will also be utilizing online videos at both the Khan Academy and MIT Open Courseware:

Matrices Videos:

__https://www.khanacademy.org/math/precalculus/precalc-matrices__

Linear Algebra Videos:

__https://www.khanacademy.org/math/linear-algebra__

TEACHING APPROACH

In this course we will assign outside videos for you to watch to introduce many of the topics. We will then go over the topics in class and work some examples to see if you understand. We want the class to be more interactive, and are also adding this recitation aspect to the course to cover all your learning needs.

We will assign homework problems in the online
texts and other texts by giving you handouts. We will also provide you with the
answers and go over solutions in class, as needed (the recitation aspect). Many
of the problems will come either from, **Linear Algebra and its Applications by
Gilbert Strang**, as well as **Matrix Analysis and Applied Linear Algebra by
Carl D. Meyer.** These are both very good textbooks for certain aspects of the
subject, and if you can find a copy of either one online or at a bookseller, we
would recommend getting one or both, if it is not cost prohibitive. We would
recommend the Meyer book first. Another useful textbook is: **Elementary Linear
Algebra by Anton and Rorres**.

In addition to the homework that is not collected, but used to prepare you for the class, we will also assign several application-based problem sets, to show you how linear algebra is used. Questions like these will not be on the exams or the final, but are used to give you exposure to linear algebra beyond classroom exercises. You can work together on groups, but members of a group may be called upon to explain your solutions.