Math 20, Introduction to Linear Algebra and Multivariable Calculus
The material which will be covered falls into three
interconnected parts. Linear Algebra: Systems of linear
equations, row reduction, vector spaces, matrices, linear
transformations, determinants, eigenvalues and eigenvectors.
Multivariable Calculus: Functions of several variables, partial
derivatives, chain rule, optimization problems (both constrained and
unconstrained). Applications: Possible topics include:
Cobb-Douglas production function, Leontief economic models, Markov
chains, population models, linear programming, least squares curve
Although many of the examples in the course will be drawn from
economics and other social sciences, knowledge of these subjects
will not be assumed.
Elementary Linear Algebra, Applications version, Anton and
Rorres, 7th edition. The multivariable calculus part of the course
will be taught out of a course packet that will be sold in the Science
Center basement. This packet will be available later, when it is
needed (about the 5th week of class).
Math 1b or equivalent, or an A or A- in Math 1a, or a 5 on the AB or a
3 on the BC Advanced Placement exam in Mathematics.
There are two weekly problems sessions run by the Course Assistants.
Attending a problem session each week is strongly encouraged. Not
only are these sessions a great place to get help, but due to the
large amount of material to be covered in the course, it's not
possible to do as many examples in class as I would like.
There will be two homework sets per week. The first set will be given
out on Monday and due Friday of the same week. The second will be
given out on Wednesday and collected the following Monday.
Assignments will be graded and returned promptly. Solutions will be
put on reserve in Cabot Library after the assignment is due. Homework
assignments must be turned in on time -- no late homework will be
accepted. However, your two lowest homework grades will be
dropped. Homework assignments (but not solutions) are also posted on
the course web page.
You are allowed, nay encouraged, to work together on homework
problems. However, you must write up your solutions individually.
Homework will be worth 20% of the final grade, each midterm 20% and
the final 40%.
My office hours will be:
Up to Math 20 page.
and by appointment. For an appointment, just talk to me before/after
class or send me e-mail.
- Monday: 1:30 - 2:30
- Tuesday: 3:00 - 4:00
The course assistants will also have office hours at times and places
to be arranged.
There's also the Question
Center which is open from Sunday-Thursday from 8-10 pm in
Loker Commons, and which is stocked with CA's and grad students to
answer your questions.