Linear Algebra II
MTH 616

Spring 2016, LIU Post

Class Time: Wednesday 5:15p - 7:40p, PH 230.

Instructor: Dr. Corbett Redden. Corbett [dot] Redden [att] Office: Life Sciences 237. Phone 516-299-3487.

Office Hours: Monday 3:00p - 4:30p, Wednesday 12:30p - 2:00p, or by appointment.

Course webpage:


Textbook: Linear Algebra by Jim Hefferon. This is an open-source textbook, and you can download it freely at the above link. A nicely bound paperback copy can be purchased from Amazon for only $20. Please do not use the departmental printers to print the entire book (approximately 500 pages).

Mathematica: We will make regular use of the computer algebra software Mathematica.

Grading Scheme:
Homework 20%
Projects 30%
Midterm Test 20%
Final Exam 30%

Homework: Weekly homework will be assigned and checked for completion. Late homework will not be accepted, but the lowest two homework scores will be dropped.

Projects: There will be several Mathematica projects assigned throughout the semester. These will be turned in electronically via dbinbox (as last semester) and graded.

Midterm Test: An in-class midterm test on Wednesday 3/2 will comprise 20% of the grade.

Final Exam: The final examination will be CUMULATIVE, and will occur during the usual class time on Wednesday 5/4. The final will comprise 30% of your course grade, though the instructor reserves the right to count the final as an even higher percentage for those students whose final exam grade is better than their test average.

Official course description from the Graduate Bulletin: This course covers quadratic forms, eigenvalues, eigenvectors, diagonalization, canonical forms; also, the applications to differential equations involving small oscillation theory. Prerequisite of MTH 615 or permission of Dept is required. (3 credits)

Help: You are welcome to see Prof. Redden in office hours, by appointment, or to ask short questions via email. You are also encouraged to work with others on homework. Explaining concepts and techniques to fellow classmates is an excellent way for you to better understand them yourself.

Important Dates:
Jan 19 Classes begin
Feb 1 Last day to add/drop or late register
Mar 2 Midterm Test
Mar 7-11Spring Recess
Apr 1 Last day to opt for P/F or withdraw
Apr 20Last class
Apr 27Snow Day makeup class
May 4 Final Exam