Welcome to Linear Algebra!

Welcome To Linear Algebra!

Dear Linear Algebra students, welcome to Linear Algebra! You are about to embark on a journey into the most interesting, and most applicable mathematics ever invented! Not only that, but also, we are about to do so in a fresh new way that opens a revealing window to its inner structure and beauty. This is a new way of looking at linear algebra concepts; it is very different from the way a typical linear algebra text, or a professor approaches the teaching of the subject. The pioneer of the method is professor Pavel Grinfeld from Drexel University, who was a student of Gilbert Strang, who himself is the legendary MIT linear algebra professor, and a contributing mathematician to the subject. You go through the course by watching the videos in Lemma site, and taking notes. Then, you answer the questions that follow. Register for free to see the worksheets. You, also, do some readings from the free textbook provided in the contents modules. Here is the challenge: the textbook has two problems, almost all do, one is that it is written using mathematical formal language, which is a hindrance to learning the subject; another is the typical approach that all linear algebra textbooks take, which is starting with systems of equations and coordinates systems such as Cartesian. You'll notice quickly that the approach in the videos, and my notes, is very different, to put it mildly! But, the result is the marvelous view of the mathematical structures of objects of linear algebra, and a clear understanding of what vector spaces are, and how they are used in modeling the world! So, reading the textbook may be a little confusing before you learn about matrices and coordinates systems; but once you understand the heart of the concepts, you'll understand the concepts presented in the textbook.  The homework is the problems that follow the videos, and problems and examples covered in my notes. The Blackboard discussion board is for you to discuss your questions. This is a revolutionary way of learning linear algebra, give it a try, you won't be disappointed! Enjoy the ride!

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Lemma site use

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Central Campus - 281-476-1888;

North Campus - 281-998-6150 Ext. 2317;

South Campus - 281-922-3444

Textbook

I use a free textbook, the solutions to the exercises  (you can save them in your computer as pdf files), my notes, Lemma site, and the Recitation videos from MIT site in this course. The official textbook is used as a reference.

Official textbook:
Linear Algebra and Its Applications, 5th Edition, by David C. Lay.

 Help And Support

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 Course Schedule

Learning Activities

You should manage your time to make sure you have at least 8 hours a week to study and do course activities in this course. You have to watch the video clips, answer all questions after each video, go over note files, ask questions if any, contribute to the discussion Board in Blackboard, and do all activities and assignments on time! Please make sure you understand the concepts before moving on to the next. It is crucial that all pertaining activities and assignments be done before you take a test. The 4 module exams assess your progress in the course. The final exam will be proctored.

The types of activities are given in the table below.

 Communication

You can ask questions by posting in the Discussion Board in Blackboard, by sending e-mail, or coming to my office hours. It is very important to find out about your mistakes on a test, if any, and correct them! I'll have the solutions posted after you take them. The final exam is comprehensive, and will include problems from most sections we cover in the course; in a DL course at San Jacinto College the final exam is proctored, and you must score at least 60 to get a D or better in the course.

Email Etiquette

The following are suggestions for positive and useful email communication: Please include your class, days, times along with your name in all e-mails. No sarcasm, confrontational language, use of profanity or #\$%*! symbols to imply expletives!

Availability

You may email me (best way to reach me) at anytime, reza.khadem@sjcd.edu, or call my office at anytime, 281-998-6150 ext. 3038.