Harvard Summer School
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Linear Algebra with Applications, 4th Edition
Linear Algebra with Applications, 3rd Edition
Linear Algebra with Applications, 5th Edition
A key matching HW exercises in different editions is available on request.
The older 2nd edition of the text may also be used. The material is fundamentally the same in all editions and all homework assignments will be made available as printable PDFs. Additional supplements on various topics in differential equations will also be made available during the course.
Thanks for attending the course! - RW
Exam #1 took place during the latter part of class on Wed, July 10. Topics from Chapters 1-3 of text.
Exam #2 took place during the latter part of class on Wed, July 24. Topics from Chapters 4-6 and 7.1-7.4 of the text.
Lecture #12 Notes (Fri, July 19, includes some topics to be covered on Mon, July 22)
Week #5 Notes: Lecture #13 Notes (some topics to be covered Wed, July 24 and Fri, July 26)
Office Hours: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays following class either in our classroom or in my office (SC 127). Other times may be scheduled by appointment.
Course Assistant Jeremy Marcq will be holding a problem session and additional office hours.
Topics to be covered include Gauss-Jordan reduction and systems of linear equations; matrices and linear transformations; linear independence; subspaces; matrices and coordinates relative to different bases; general linear spaces; orthogonality and least-squares approximation; inner product spaces; determinants; eigenvalues, eigenvectors, and the spectral theorem; discrete and continuous dynamical systems; phase-plane analysis of linear and nonlinear systems of ordinary differential equations; and function spaces and differential operators.
This course is primarily a course in Linear Algebra. It has always included applications to Differential Equations (perhaps 15% of the course), but the intention has never been to serve as a substitute for a full course in Differential Equations. This summer we will likely provide more focus on the applications of Linear Algebra to Differential Equations than in summers past.
Text: Linear Algebra With Applications, 4th Edition (2008) or 3rd Edition (2005) by Otto Bretscher, published by Prentice-Hall. The new 5th Edition (2013) of the text may also be used, but HW problems will be keyed to the 4th Edition. We will cover almost all topics in this book, and homework will be assigned from its large collection of exercises. The material is fundamentally the same in all editions and all homework assignments will be made available as printable PDFs. A key matching HW exercises in different editions is available on request. Additional supplements on various topics in differential equations will also be made available during the course.
by permission of Bill Griffith
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