This is a course in the algebra of matrices and Euclidean spaces that emphasizes the concrete and geometric. Topics to be developed include solving systems of linear equations; matrix addition, scalar multiplication, and multiplication; properties of invertible matrices; determinants; elements of the theory of abstract finite dimensional real vector spaces; dimension of vector spaces; and the rank of a matrix. These ideas are used to develop basic ideas of Euclidean geometry and to illustrate the behavior of linear systems. We conclude with a discussion of eigenvalues and the diagonalization of matrices. For a more conceptual treatment of linear algebra, students should enroll in MATH223.
Logical Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning
This course will train students in classical quantitative techniques and develop their ability to logically reason through mathematical proofs.
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|Course Format: Lecture||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ASTR)(CADS)(COMP)(DATA-MN)(MATH)(MB&B)(NS&B)(PHYS)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|SECTION 01 In-person only|
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
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MATH122 or AP Calculus with a score of 4 or 5 strongly recommended as background, but not required. Students may not get credit for more than one of MATH221 and MATH223. Students in Section 1 will take midterm exams at 7:30pm on Thursday, October 2 and Thursday, November 6.
|Instructor(s): Scowcroft,Philip H. Times: ..T.R.. 02:40PM-04:00PM; Location: SCIE109; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 36||SR major: 0||JR major: 0|| || |
|Seats Available: 16||GRAD: 0||SR non-major: 2||JR non-major: 3||SO: 11||FR: 20|
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