**Prerequisite:**MATH 1553 or MATH 1554 or MATH 1564 or MATH 1502 or MATH 1512 or MATH 1522 or MATH 1X53.

**Office hours:**Tue 1, Thurs 11

**Required Text:**Linear Algebra with Applications, 4th ed, Gilbert Strang (I plan to cover most of chapters 1-6)

**Grading:**Bi-weekly problem sets (20%), 2 exams (40%), final exam (40%)

Final grades will be calculated as follows: A:90-100, B:80-89, C:70-79, D:60-69, F: <60

**Linear algebra**is the branch of mathematics which studies vector spaces and

**linear**mappings between them. Linearity places very strong constraints on a mapping. For instance, if f: R^n->R^n is linear, then f is completely determined by evaluating it on n points. This second course will further your understanding of the ideas and methods of linear algebra, which you will learn by understanding them geometrically, justifying them algebraically, and using them to solve problems in various disciplines. You willl be required to

**understand**all key concepts; not just compute with them.

Although we live in a nonlinear world, linear algebra remains an essential subject with applications throughout mathematics and its applications. There are several reasons for this, including, that in a large number of cases, useful insights about non-linear transformations can be obtained from their linear approximations. You have seen this line of thinking in calculus, where arbitrary smooth functions are studied via their derivatives - their best linear approximations. Another reason is that some nonlinear problems can be transformed into linear problems. Luckily, as you will see during the course, we have a beautiful theory which provides many tools to solve linear problems.

Gilbert Strang argues that applications of linear algebra touch many more students than calculus. These days, much of "big data" arrives in matrix form. In your first linear algebra course at GT, you saw applications to Google's PageRank algorithm and Markov chains. Applications in this course will depend somewhat on student interests, but may include principal component analysis, image compression, quantum computing, solving linear ODEs and difference equations, Fourier series and transforms, graph theory, demography, etc.

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