Math UA 140: Linear Algebra


Course Information:

  1. *Instructor: Zaher Hani, 720 Warren Weaver Hall (Courant Institute).

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  1. *Course Coordinates: 8:55AM-10:45Am at 7E12 123.

  2. *Office hours: Tuesday and Wednesday from 4:00pm-5pm.

  3. *Textbook: Linear Algebra and its applications (4th edition) by David Lay ISBN-13 978-0-321-38517-8 (required)


  1. *I will be using Blackboard interface to administer further communication, homework, and grading.

  2. *Our first meeting will be Tuesday September 4th.

Syllabus: Here is the syllabus in PDF format. Here is the link for an extended syllabus.

Prerequisites: Calculus I (Math-UA:0121) with a C or higher (or the equivalent).

Additional references (optional):

  1. *Linear Algebra and its applications (10th edition) by Gilbert Strang ISBN-0030105676. (This textbook is often used as an alternative to our textbook).

  2. *Linear Algebra ( 4th edition) by Friedberg, Insel, and Spence, ISBN-0-13---88451-4 (This textbook emphasizes proofs more than computations and focuses on vector space/linear transformation point of view as opposed to the matrix point of view. It’s level is probably a bit higher than that of the Lay’s.)

  3. *Schaum’s Outline of Linear Algebra (4th edition) by Seymour Lipschutz and Marc Lipson (This is an exercise textbook to flex your Linear Algebra muscles if you would like further practice).


Homework: There will be weakly homework set posted on this website (or on Blackboard). Homework is due every Tuesday at the beginning of class. In fairness to your fellow students and to our grader, late homework won’t be accepted. However, you do get a free pass: the lowest grade of your homework will be dropped at the end of the course.

         *Homework 1: Due September 13


Please find later homework sets on your Blackboard website.


  1. *Your final grade will consist of four components: homework average, quiz average, midterm grade, final exam grade.

  2. *There will be a number (four to six) of quizzes throughout the semester to test your basic understanding of the concepts. Those will be administered in class for 10-20 minutes. Your quiz average will be calculated after dropping your lowest score.

  3. *We will have a midterm exam sometime early-mid October.

  4. *The final exam will be on Tuesday Dec 18, 2012 from 8:00AM-9:50AM.

Grading Scheme: Homework 30%, Quizzes 15%, Midterm 20%, Final 35%.