Advanced Linear Algebra (Math 590)

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  1. Text (recommended): Friedberg, Insel and Spence “Linear Algebra” 5th edition. ISBN-13: 978-0134860244 ISBN-10: 0134860241 Pearson/Prentice Hall.  I will also handout extensive lecture notes from time to time.
  2. Course Description:
    1. Reading and writing proofs
    2. Vector spaces
    3. Matrices
    4. Linear Transformations
    5. Determinants
    6. Eigenvalue, Eigenvectors
    7. Diagonalization
    8. Inner-Product spaces.
    9. (possibly) Multi-linear forms.
  3. Prerequisite: Math 127 or 147 or 223, or 243; and Math 290 or 291. Not open to students with credits in Math 792.
  4. Jin Feng’s Office: 510 Snow Hall, Email:
  5. Office hour: Tuesday, Thursday 1:30-2:30 am through zoom (appointment through email).
  6. Lecture time: Tuesday and Thursday. 9:30-10:45 am online. Email:
    1. Check my email dated Feb 1st at 6:06 pm about zoom links meeting ID and passcode. You can use this code throughout the semester.
  7. Homework assignment: I will post/email assignments as lectures progress during the semester. Check back here often. Grader: Ishpreet Saini; Email:
  8. University of Kansas academic calendar for Spring 2021.
  9. EXAMS (subject to change) All exams are given online.You can have a one-page cheat sheet, closed book, no calculator. 
    1. There will be two midterm and one final. First Midterm: March 16; Second Midterm: April 8th; Final (according to university schedule): Tuesday, May 11th, 7:30am – 10:00am (Tentative)
  10. Grading policy: Homework 20%, Midterms 20% + 20%, Final Exam 40%. Letter Grade: A: 90 -100, B: 80-90, C:70-80, D: 60-70, F: 0 – 59.
  11. Students With Disabilities: The KU Student Access Center coordinates accommodations and services for all students who are eligible. If you have a disability for which you wish to request accommodations, please contact the center as soon as possible. Their office is located in 22 Strong Hall; their phone number is 785-864-4064. Please also email me in regard to your needs in this course.
  12. Religious Holidays: Any student in this course who plans to observe a religious holiday which conflicts in any way with the course schedule or requirements should contact me at the beginning of the semester to discuss alternative accommodations.
  13. Intellectual Property: Course materials prepared by the instructors, together with the content of all lectures, are the property of the instructor. Video and audio recording of lectures without the consent of the instructor is prohibited. Permission to make such recordings may be granted by the instructor on a case by case basis, on the condition that these recordings are used only as a study aid by the individual making the recording. Unless explicit permission is obtained from the instructor, recordings of lectures may not be modified and must not be transferred or transmitted to any other person, whether or not that individual is enrolled in the course. Uploading of course materials to other web sites is not permitted.