MTHSC 853 Syllabus
Summer 2011

Time: 9:45 - 11:15; M-F.
Location: E004 Martin Hall.
Instructor: Kevin James
Office: O-21 Martin Hall
  • (864) 656-6766 (office)
  • (864) 656-3434 (Dept)

    Office Hours

    Office hours are by appointment. Please email me to set up an appointment or simply drop by my office.

    Required Text

    ``Matrices and Linear Transformations'' by C. G. Cullen

    Goals and Objectives.

    The goal of this course is to introduce students to topics in matrix analysis which support an applied curriculum such as similarity and eigenvalues, Hermitian and normal matrices, canonnical forms, norms, eigenvalue localizations and singular value decompositions.

    Course Contents.

    Portions of Chapters 1-5 of Cullen will be covered. The following is a brief course outline:
    1. Review of linear systems, inverses and determinants.
    2. Review of vector spaces.
    3. Linear transformations.
    4. Inner product spaces.
    5. Eigenvalues and eigenvectors.
    6. Orthogonal and unitary similarity.
    7. Quadratic and Hermitian Forms.
    If time permits we may also cover some optional topics from chapters 6, 7 and 8 of Cullen.

    Time Requirements.

    Please be sure to devote at least fifteen hours per week outside of class to this course.

    Grading Policies

    The grading in this class will be as follows:

    The standard grading scale will be used

    Make-up Policy

    Absolutely NO late homework will be accepted and there will be No make-ups for missed quizes or exams. In the event, that a student misses an exam due to a documented excused absence, that student's final exam score will be substituted for the missing exam score. Any student who misses an exam and cannot provide documentation indicating that the absence was excused will recieve a 0 for the exam.

    Attendance Policy.

    I will not check attendance in this class. You may leave after 15 minutes if the instructor is absent.

    Academic Integrity

    As members of the Clemson University community, we have inherited Thomas Green Clemson's vision of this institution as a high seminary of learning. Fundamental to this vision is a mutual commitment to truthfulness, honor, and responsibility, without which we cannot earn the trust and respect of others. Furthermore, we recognize that academic dishonesty detracts from the value of a Clemson degree. Therefore, we shall not tolerate lying, cheating, or stealing in any form.