This course is meant for students who wish to pursue a Master of
Arts in Mathematics (MAM). Please
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order to find out whether this course is suitable for you and/or your degree plan.
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Very important: If you are not enlisted in the MAM program, or if you are taking MAM courses as a PB student, then make sure that our MAM courses apply towards your degree program. If you take MAM courses as a PB student, only a limited number of MAM courses can be applied. If you wish to get into the regular masters program, none of the 5000-level courses can be applied. If in doubt, you should get in touch with our graduate advisor Neha Valji at email@example.com, or PGH 713-743-3517.
Office Hours (607 PGH): TTH 12-13, You can always send email to firstname.lastname@example.org
TA: Yingxue Su email@example.com
Fourth Edition, Stephen H. Friedberg,
Arnold J. Insel, Lawrence E. Spence, Prentice Hall ISBN ISBN 0-13-008451-4
Software: Scientific Note Book (SNB) 5.5 or 6 (available through MacKichan Software, http://www.mackichan.com )
SNB is a basic word processor meant for text entry together with math. With SN you can also perform all sorts of mathematical calculations through MuPad. This makes SN a reasonable buy at the price of a graphics calculator.
The latest version of Scientific Notebook is very different from SNB 5.5 This previous version SNB 5.5 is more stable and much faster than version 6. If you are on windows than you should get version 5.5 Here are instructions for registering version 6 and downloading 5.5:
"The serial number for version 6 also allows the user to install and register version 5.5. The semester (180-day) license for SNB can be purchased from our online store for $39.67."
Syllabus: Chapter 1, Chapter 2, Chapter 3, Chapter 4 (4.1-4.4), Chapter 5 (5.1-5.2)
Project:Applications of linear algebra to demographics. To be completed by the end of the semester as part of the final.
Course Description: The general theory of Vector Spaces and Linear Transformations will be developed in an axiomatic fashion. Determinants.Students will also learn how to use the computer algebra portion of SNB for completing the Project.
Organization of the course:
You will receive occasionally additional reading assignments
together with weekly homework.
All homework has to be submitted by e-mail, as a ScientificNotebook (SNB) file. All Homework must be submitted to
firstname.lastname@example.org in form of an e-mail attachment.
The subject line should read: Your name, HW#. For example, Joe Smith, HW1. The file name then should be: smith_HW1 with extension .tex (SNB 5.5 ) or .sci (SNB 6) Thus the file will be smith_hw1.tex or smith_hw1.sci .
In order to count, I must receive all homework by the deadline.
In order to start a new document in SNB5.5 , that is, to start a new file, you should pick from the various options for Shell Directories and Shell Files: "General" and "Blank Document" and then start typing. (In order to see the math symbols, you have to go to View-Toolbars and make your selections. You should try out the Symbol Cache. )
In SNB 6, you are greeted with a Window prompting you to create a new LaTeX Document. Go to File-->New and choose "Blank LaTeX Article ". Your saved document will have the .sci extension. A .sci document is not a LaTeX document but can be exported to LaTeX.
If you are a SNB6 user then send us your finished HW as a .sci file and your corrected HW wil be returned as a .sci file.
If you have already SNB 5.5, there is no need to upgrade to SNB 6. And you should'nt. However, SNB 5.5 works only on Windows machines while SNB 6 works on Windows as well as on OS X.
Can I save SNB files in PDF? Yes, but only if you have access to the Adobe Acrobat, or an equivalent program.
Tests: There will be thre tests and the Final. Your lowest test score will be droppedGrading: Tests count for 90% (25%+25%+40%), HW for 10%
On homework assignments:
All of our 5000 level course assume that you have been exposed to the material before. In case that you have forgotten everything about linear algebra and need a geometric introduction A primer in Linear Algebra might be helpful. These are very old notes.
HW 1 (due Monday, August 27):
HW 2 (due Monday, September 3
HW 3 (due Monday, September 10)
HW 4: (due Monday, September 17)
1.6: 1,2,4,5,9,10,11,12, 13,24,31
Collaborate Video session: Monday, September 10, 17-18 o'clock My video talk 2018FA_5331_Video1.pdf
Practice Test 1 Practice Test 1_key I will be available for a Q&A session, PGH 646, Wednesday , September 19, from 6-8 pm . A "collaborate" video session has been scheduled for Monday, September 17, 16-18 o'clock
Video Talk Video Talk 2
Test 1, Saturday, September 22, 12-13:30 o'clock, Room: PGH 646If you take the test on campus, you need to bring a bluebook and picture ID.
HW 5 (due Monday, September 24)
HW 6 (due Monday, October 1)
HW 7 (due Monday, October 8
2.3: 2,9,11,12, 16* (16 this is a difficult one; I took out problem 1 because it is mainly on notation)
HW 8 (due Monday, October 15)
Practice Test 2, Key for Practice Test2 I will be available for a Q&A session, PGH 646, Thursday, October 18, from 6-8 pm . A "collaborate" video session has been scheduled for Wednesday, October 17, 17:00-18:30 o'clock
Test 2, October 20,
12-13:30 o'clock, Room: PGH 646
HW 9 (due Monday, October 22)
HW 10 (due Monday, October 29
HW 11 (due Monday, November 5
HW 12 (due Monday, November 12
3.4:1,2(a), (b), 3,9, 14
Practice Test 3 Key for Practice Test 3 I will be available for a Q&A session, PGH 646, Wednesday, November 14 , from 6-8 pm . A "collaborate" video session has been scheduled for Thursday, November 15, 16-18 o'clock
Test 3, Saturday, November 17, 12-13:30
o'clock, Room: PGH 646
Notes on Determinants An axiomatic introduction of determinants
HW 13, (due Monday, November 26)
4.1:1,2,5,6,7,8 4.2: 1,2,3,4,25,26,28,29 4.3: 1,2,3,10,11
Practice Final Some answers for the practice final
Project on Leslie matrices.tex, Leslie Matrices_final.sci, Leslie matrices.pdf to be turned in at the day of the Final. You may have to read 5.1 on eigenvalues and eigenvectors.
Practice_Final.pdf (may change) Practice_Final_Key.pdf I will be available for a Q&A session, PGH 646, Wednesday, November 29 , from 6-8pm
Additional reading on Sums and Intersections.tex 2018_Sums and Intersections.pdf
Final, Saturday, December
12-14 o'clock, Room: AH 11
You need to bring a bluebook and picture ID.
Taking tests off-campus:
Jewel ElliottProgram Coordinator | Online & Special Programs
However, if possible you should take tests on campus. Online graduate courses are not meant to save you time and gasoline. Living in nearby cities, like Katy, Humble, Sugarland or the Woodlands should not be a reason to take tests off campus. If you have to take the tests off campus, then certain WebCT Testing Center Policies must be obeyed:
1. Introduce yourself to the proctor and be prepared to show a valid photo id.
2. Once you have started a test, you cannot leave the testing room for any reason. If you decide to leave the testing room, you have to turn in your test, and the proctor should not allow you to continue the test.
3. If possible, you should take a test at the scheduled day. If this is not possible, then you have to ask me for permission to take it a couple of days earlier or later.