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The University of Texas at Dallas

Electrical Engineering Department


Section 501, Spring 2005

Instructor: Dr. Edward Esposito Office hours: Mon, Wed 4:00 – 5:30 pm
Office: ECSN 3.724 (Dean’s area) ... or by appt.
Phone: 883-4119 Class schedule: Tue, Thu 5:30 – 6:45 pm
e-mail: Class location: ECSN 2.120

Prerequisite: MATH 2419 (3-0) S or 1472

Textbook (req’d): Steven J. Leon, Linear Algebra with Applications, 6th Edition, Prentice
Hall, 2002
Workbooks (opt’l): S. Leon, E. Herman, & R. Faulkenberry, ATLAST Computer Exercises for
Linear Algebra, Prentice Hall, 1996 (packaged with above text as ISBN 0-
R. L. Smith, The MATLAB Project Book for Linear Algebra, Prentice Hall,
1997 (ISBN 0-13-521337-1)
Software (req’d): MATLAB Student Edition, available from MathWorks,

Course description (from current Catalog): Matrices, vectors, determinants; linear systems of equations,
Gauss-Jordan elimination; vector spaces, basis, eigenvalues, eigenvectors; numerical methods in linear
algebra using MATLAB: computer arithmetic, Gaussian elimination, LU factorization, iterative solutions
to linear systems, iterative methods for estimating eigenvalues, singular value decomposition, QR factor-

Goals: 1) To provide an understanding of the conceptual framework and computational aspects of

modern linear algebra, and an introduction to its application in a variety of engineering and scientific
problems; and 2) To provide an introduction to the utility and power of the software tool MATLAB.


Linear systems of equations; matrices & vectors; determinants (Chaps. 1, 2)

1. Systems of linear equations: consistency and equivalence; geometric interpretation; matrix
representation; Gaussian elimination and Gauss-Jordan reduction
2. Matrices and vectors; Euclidean n-space
3. Matrix algebra: addition, multiplication; identity matrix; inverse and transpose; symmetric and
skew-symmetric matrices
4. Solutions of linear systems: existence and uniqueness; singularity and nonsingularity; elementary
matrices and equivalence; LU (triangular) factorization
5. Determinants: definition and cofactor expansion; general properties; Cramer’s rule
Vector spaces; linear transformations; orthogonality (Chaps. 3-5)
1. Generalized vector spaces; subspaces; span and spanning sets
2. Linear independence; basis and dimension; change of basis
3. Matrices: row and column spaces; rank and nullity; implications for linear systems
4. Linear transformations and operators: range and kernel; matrix representation; similarity
5. Scalar products and orthogonality; orthogonal subspaces; least-squares problems
6. Inner-product spaces: norms; orthonormal sets and bases; orthogonal matrices
7. Gram-Schmidt orthogonalization; QR factorization

Matrix eigenvalue problems (Chap. 6)

1. Eigenvalues and eigenvectors; characteristic polynomial; product and sum of eigenvalues; similar
2. Independence of eigenvectors; multiplicity/degeneracy of eigenvalues; diagonalization
3. Complex matrices and eigenvalues; Hermitian, unitary, and normal matrices; orthonormal basis of
4. Singular value decomposition (SVD) and applications (optional)

Numerical methods in linear algebra; MATLAB (Chap. 7 & Appendix, plus workbooks)
Selections from the following topics, interspersed throughout the course as appropriate:
1. Introduction to MATLAB
2. Floating-point arithmetic; error analysis; catastrophic cancellation
3. Linear systems: Gaussian elimination; LU factorization; matrix inversion
4. Linear systems: ill-conditioned systems; matrix norms and condition numbers
5. Orthogonal transformations
6. Eigenvalue problems; eigenvalues by iteration (power method); QR factorization
7. Singular value decomposition and least-squares problems
8. Numerical differentiation and integration
9. Introduction to iterative methods

There will be two semester exams and a final exam. The semester exams will cover the first third and
second third of the course material, respectively. The final will be comprehensive but will emphasize
material from the last third of the course.

Semester exams: Dates TBA

Final exam: Thu., April 28, 5:00 – 7:30 pm

The final semester grade will break down as follows:

Semester exams: 50% (25% each)
Final exam: 30%
Homework: 20%

No exam grades will be dropped, so it is important not to miss any exams. Make-up exams will be
given only in very special circumstances and at the discretion of the instructor.

Homework will be collected at the beginning of the class period on the date it is due. Students should
keep a copy of their homework in case they need it for reference (or in preparing for exams) before they
can be graded and returned.
Scholastic integrity:
The value of an academic degree rests in large measure on the absolute integrity of the work done by
the student to earn that degree. It is imperative that each student maintain a high standard of individual
honesty and integrity in his/her academic work. Scholastic dishonesty at the University of Texas includes,
but is not limited to, plagiarism and/or collusion. Scholastic dishonesty will not be tolerated under any

Students are reminded to consult the online class schedule and course listings for information on
withdrawals, incompletes, and academic dishonesty.

EJE 1/10/05