Math.310.001 Linear Algebra
Most of the techniques and
processes of linear algebra are tedious to carry out by hand. It
is important that you understand how these techniques work, and why
they are valid. But when you apply the techniques it is often
much more efficient to use computer software than to try to do all the
steps by hand. For this reason, we will be seeing many examples
carried out using a general purpose matrix calculator called Free
Mat. This is free software that you can
down load that from the Free Mat website:
We will take some class time to work
through a tutorial on Free Mat. Instructions
will be handed out in class. For reference, the tutorial
instructions are also available here.
We will also be using some special
purpose interactive webpages to explore certain concepts in the
course. For row operations, we will use this webpage: http://www.dangries.com/Flash/RowReducer/RowReducer.html.
Other websites of interest can be found on the course's page of links.