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MTH 239 INTRODUCTION TO LINEAR ALGEBRA

MTH 239Introduction to Linear Algebra

Course Outline

Course Number & Name:  MTH 239 Introduction to Linear Algebra

Credit Hours:  3.0            Contact Hours:  3.0          Lecture:  3.0       Lab:  N/A             Other:  N/A

Prerequisites:  Grade of “C” or better in MTH 121 or placement

Co-requisites:  None                                                      Concurrent Courses:  None

Course Description: This course is an introduction to the theory and applications of linear operators on finite dimensional vector spaces.  Topics include linear systems, matrix algebra, Euclidean and general vector spaces, subspaces, change of basis and similarity, the eigenvalue problem, projections, orthogonality and least squares, inner product spaces and quadratic forms.

General Education Goals: MTH 239 is affirmed in the following General Education Foundation Category: Quantitative Knowledge and Skills.  The corresponding General Education Goal is as follows: Students will use appropriate mathematical and statistical concepts and operations to interpret data and to solve problems.

Course Goals: Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to do the following:

  1. demonstrate knowledge of the fundamental concepts and theories from linear algebra;
  2. utilize various problem-solving and critical-thinking techniques to set up and solve applied problems in engineering, sciences, business and technology fields;
  3. communicate accurate mathematical terminology and notation in written and/or oral form in order to explain strategies to solve problems as well as to interpret found solutions; and
  4. use appropriate technology, such as graphing calculators and computer software, effectively as a tool to solve such problems as those described above.