MATH 520 Linear Algebra Fall 2003

Instructor: M. C. Pinar (
Room: 305
Office Hours: Tuesdays 15:30-17:15.
Textbook and Online Resources:

     Topics to be covered (in the order below):

  1.    Vector Spaces
  2.    Finite Dimensional Vector Spaces
  3.    Linear Maps
  4.    Polynomials
  5.    Eigenvalues and Eigenvectos
  6.    Inner Product Spaces
  7.    Operators on Inner Product Spaces
  8.    Operators on Real Vector Spaces
  9.    Operators on Complex Vector Spaces
  10.    Trace and Determinant
  11.    Complements.

 No homework will be assigned.  Instead, I will ask the students to work out exercises from the textbook on their own. Two in-class tests will be given at the dates indicated below.

Test I  :  Oct. 24,2003
Test II:  Dec. 12, 2003
25 %
25 %
Final:      January 16, 2004, 9:40 am   50 % 

              The first test questions from the previous year are here.
              The second test questions from the previous year are here.
              The third test questions from the previous year are here.
              The final test questions from the previous year are here.

 Announcement:  The third test, initially planned at the start of the course was cancelled as a result of the delay in administering the second test. Therefore,
the exam weights have been readjusted as above.


  • It is very important that you come to each class
    having read the material to be covered that day
    . (You will
    need to read this material at some point anyway!) Reading it
    in advance will help you to understand the lecture better.
    It also gives you a chance to ask questions about the parts
    you did not understand fully.
  • Please come and ask questions during anytime, but especially during
    the office hours. This is the time I am available exclusively to
    answer your questions.


Cheating has serious consequences. The university policy on
plagiarism will be fully applied if anyone is caught cheating on
the examinations.