MTHSC 853-1 Syllabus
Fall Semester 2001
Time: 11:00 - 12:15; Tu, Th.
Location: M204 Martin Hall.
Instructor: Kevin James
Office: O-21 Martin Hall
(864) 656-6766 (office)
(864) 656-3434 (Dept)
These hours are subject to change. Check my
for an up to date listing of office hours.
12:20-1:20pm; Tu,Th O21 Martin.
OR by appointment (use e-mail).
There are two texts for this course:
``Matrices and Linear Transformations'' by C. G. Cullen
``Theory of Matrices'' by S. Perlis
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.
Portions of Chapters 1-5 of Cullen and portions of chapters 1-5, 9 and
10 of Perlis will be covered. The following is a brief course outline:
If time permits we may also cover some optional topics from chapters 6,
7 and 8 of Cullen and chapters 6, 7 and 8 of Perlis.
- Review of linear systems, inverses and determinants.
- Review of vector spaces.
- Linear transformations.
- Inner product spaces.
- Eigenvalues and eigenvectors.
- Orthogonal and unitary similarity.
- Quadratic and Hermitian Forms.
Please be sure to devote at least six hours per week outside of class to this
The grading in this class will be as follows:
- 3 In-class Exams 60%
- Homework, quizes and class participation 15%
- Cumulative Final Exam 25%
The standard grading scale will be used
- A >= 90
- B >= 80
- C >= 70
- D >= 60
- F < 50
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.
I will not check attendance in this class. You may leave after 15
minutes if the instructor is absent.
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