MATH 2210
Linear Algebra
Spring 2018

Text: Lay, Lay, McDonald, Linear Algebra and Its Applications, 5th edition.

Course Description: Topics include linear systems of equations, vector spaces, linear transformations, matrices, determinants, orthogonality, eigenvalues, and eigenvectors. The lectures introduce students to formal proofs. Students are required to produce some proofs in their homework and on exams.

Extra Help: Math 1021 is a one-credit course that offers academic support for Math 2210.
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Academic Integrity: Course materials are intellectual property belonging to the lecturer. Students are not permitted to post (on the web), distribute, or sell any course materials (lectures, homework, exams). Such unauthorized behavior constitutes academic misconduct.
Each student in this course is expected to abide by the Cornell University Code of Academic Integrity.
In this course, students may work alone or in groups on the homework, but should turn in all homework individually.

Exams: Calculators, computers, notes, cheat sheets, and books are not allowed at the exams. Cell phones may not be used in the exam rooms, not even as time-keeping devices.
There are two prelims and a final exam.

  • Prelim 1: 7:30-9:00 pm on Thursday, February 22, in KLRKG70 (Klarman Hall, room KG70).
    The best way to prepare for the exam is to solve all homework problems.
    Additional Practice Problems:
    1.2: 11,25
    1.3: 11,21
    1.4: 11,23,31
    1.5: 11,29
    4.1: 3,13,21,29,34.
    Systems of linear equations (section 1.1)
    Row reduction and echelon forms (section 1.2)
    Vector spaces (sections 1.3 and 4.1)
    Subspaces (section 4.1)
    Linear combinations, Span (sections 1.3 and 4.1)
    The matrix equation Ax = b (section 1.4)
    Solution sets of linear systems (section 1.5).
    Prelim 1 with solutions

  • Prelim 2: 7:30-9:00 pm on Tuesday, March 27, in KLRKG70 (Klarman Hall, room KG70).
    The best way to prepare for the exam is to solve all homework problems.
    Additional Practice Problems:
    4.2: 15,24,29
    1.7: 12,21
    4.3: 15,25
    4.4: 13
    4.5: 14,24,26
    6.1: 18,24
    6.2: 23abc
    6.3: 5
    6.4: 4,9.
    Null spaces, column spaces (section 4.2)
    Linear independence (sections 1.7 and 4.3)
    Basis (section 4.3)
    Coordinate systems (section 4.4)
    The dimension of a vector space (section 4.5)
    Inner product, length, and orthogonality (section 6.1)
    Orthogonal sets (section 6.2)
    Orthogonal projections (section 6.3)
    The Gram-Schmidt process (section 6.4)

  • Final exam: 9:00-11:30 am on Tuesday, May 15.
    The best way to prepare for the exam is to solve all homework problems.
    2017 Final Exam with solutions

  • Students with special needs should contact at least 15 days before each exam.
    If you miss both prelims, you should retake the course. If you miss one prelim, then your score on that prelim will be half of your score on the final exam. If you miss the final exam, you may receive grade Incomplete (if you are eligible) and take the exam next time when it is offered (most likely, in December 2018).

    The best way to prepare for exams is to solve all homework problems.


    Grade A+ is an honorary grade and will be given to very few students.
    Grade B- or better is required in order to count the course as a prerequisite for the Math Major.

    Office hours:
    Irena Peeva,, Wednesday and Friday 11:30-12:00 in MLT 547.
    Viktor Kiss,, Wednesday 2:00-2:30 and Friday 11:00-11:30 in MLT430.

    Anwesh Ray,, Tuesday 1:30-2:30 and Friday 4:30-5:00 in MLT.
    Yun Liu,, Wednesday 1:30-2:30 and Thursday 10:30-11:00 in MLT.

    Tentative list of topics: 

    Homework:  Homework will be collected in your TA section. Late homework will not be accepted (with the exception that students, who enroll late, will be allowed to turn Homework1 in late). At the end of the semester, your lowest two homework scores will be dropped. Homework will be graded for effort; each homework set is 5 points. For feedback, one or two homework problems will be graded for correctness each week. Answers to computational problems will be provided in your TA section. Students may work together on homework, but must write up their work individually.
    Homework assignments will be posted here on Monday evening a week before the due date: