The main course-level goals are as follows.
A) Solve systems of linear equations.
B) Solve eigenvalue problems.
C) Analyze mathematical statements and expressions (for example, to assess whether a
particular statement is accurate, or to describe solutions of systems in terms of
existence and uniqueness).
D) Write logical progressions of precise mathematical statements to justify and
communicate your reasoning.
E) Apply linear algebra concepts to model, solve, and analyze real-world situations.
We also have a more specific list with
section-level learning goals
The primary reference for this course is
Linear Algebra and its Applications, 5th edition, by
Lay–Lay–McDonald. We will cover selections from chapters 1, 2, 3,
5, 6, and 10.
Students with a Pearson code can
access the text via
Your lecture's course ID depends on your instructor (for example, if you are in Prof. Jankowski's lecture,
the MyMathLab code is
jankowski93137). Instructions for obtaining a
Pearson code and logging into MyMathLab will be provided by your instructor.
Note that this course will use
WeBWorK and not MyMathLab for
online homework assignments. Your MyMathLab account will give you access to an electronic version of the Lay and Stewart
problems on MyMathLab.
While the Pearson code is not truly required for this course, you are likely to
need the code for other math courses you take at GaTech. In particular,
Lay is bundled with other textbooks for calculus courses, so most likely
buying the code now will save you money in the long run.