Linear Algebra -- Spring 2017
Information about the first examThe first exam will be Friday, 2/17/17. For this exam you are responsible for knowing the material in Chapter 1 of the text, sections 1-5 and 7, plus the handout on analyzing column dependencies, and Chapter 2 sections 1-3.
Another kind of exam question tries to get at conceptual
beyond the exact statements of theorems and definitions. For
example, the definition of linear independence is formulated in terms
of nontrivial solutions to a certain homogeneous equation. But
you should also understand conceptually that a set of vectors is
independent when no one of the vectors can be expressed as a
linear combination of the others. So, in addition to knowing the
and theorems, you should also be able to explain, in your own
what these things mean. Alternatively, you may be asked to answer
true false or multiple choice questions and reason about specific
situations, just as in
the homework assignments.
For a sample exam, CLICK HERE.
Be advised that this is not
review. It serves merely to illustrate a mix of question styles
conceptual understanding, definitions and theorems) and the approximate
you can expect. The sample exam only covers a subset of the
topics that might appear on the real exam. For this reason it is
important that you
systematically review ALL of the material we have covered since the
start of the course. In terms of length, difficulty, and style of
questions, the sample exam should be a pretty good guide to what our
exam will be like.