MATH 310: Applied Linear Algebra

Spring 2017


Instructor: Li Wang

Office:  SEO 726

Phone: (312) 996-3041 (main office)


Lectures: MWF 2:00-3:00pm

Location: 140 BSB

Office hours: MWF 11:00-12:00pm and 3:00-4:00pm


Course Description

Matrices, Gaussian elimination, vector spaces, LU-decomposition, orthogonality, Gram-Schmidt process, determinants, inner products, eigenvalue problems, diagonalization of symmetric matrices, applications to differential equations and Markov processes. Credit is not given in both Mathematics 310 and 320.

Here is the tentative course outline.


Grade of C or better in Math 210.  

Textbook: David C. Lay, Steven R. Lay, Judy J. McDonald, Linear Algebra and it's Applications, Addison-Wesley 5th edition.

Homework Assignments

Homework will be assigned after each lecture, and will be post on course website, or blackboard. Homework is not collected.


There will be weekly 20-25 minutes quizzes on Friday. Quizzes will start from week 2, and will cover the material of 3-4 classes before the date of the quiz. See the online course schedule for the detailed information. There are no makeups for missed quizzes, but two lowest or missing grades for quizzes will be dropped from the final grade. There is no quiz on Midterm weeks. Totally 12 quizzes in the whole semester, best 10 will be calculated for final letter grade.


There will be two midterm exam given during the regular lecture hour. (Feb 17th Week 6 Friday; April 7th week 12 Friday). Final Exam on May 3rd, Wednesday 1:00-3:00pm.

Make-up exam policy

There will be no make-up exams for this course. 


Quizzes: 20%; Midterm 1: 20%; Midterm 2: 20%; Final: 40%. Letter Grades will be determined by totally 90% A, 80% B, 70% C, 60% D.


The use of any electronic devices with computing capabilities is prohibited during exams and quizzes.

Disability Policy

Students with disabilities who require accommodations for access and participation in this course must be registered with the Office of Disability Services (ODS).