Spring 2023

Linear Algebra

Listed in: Mathematics and Statistics, as MATH-271


Ryan J. Alvarado (Section 01)
Daniel W. van Wyk (Section 02)


The study of vector spaces over the real and complex numbers, introducing the concepts of subspace, linear independence, basis, and dimension; systems of linear equations and their solution by Gaussian elimination; matrix operations; linear transformations and their representations by matrices; eigenvalues and eigenvectors; and inner product spaces. MATH 271 will feature both proofs and applications, with special attention paid to the theoretical development of the subject. Four class meetings per week.

Requisite: MATH 211 or 220, or consent of the instructor. This course and MATH 272 may not both be taken for credit. Limited to 25 students. Fall and spring semesters. The Department. 

How to handle overenrollment: Preference is given to sophomores, and to students for whom Linear Algebra contributes to their major. Students may be moved to another section that fits their course schedule.

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: Problem sets, In-class group work, In-class quizzes or take-home quizzes or exams.

MATH 271 - LEC

Section 01
M 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM SMUD 014
W 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM SMUD 014
F 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM SMUD 014

Section 02
M 1:00 PM - 1:50 PM SMUD 206
W 1:00 PM - 1:50 PM SMUD 206
F 1:00 PM - 1:50 PM SMUD 206


Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Fall 2013, Fall 2014, Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Fall 2022, Spring 2023, Fall 2023, Spring 2024, Fall 2024