- Textbook: A First Course in Linear Algebra (aka "FCLA")

An open-source (free) textbook in introductory linear algebra. GFDL license.

[Online Version] - YouTube Videos, courtesy of Chris Thron
- Sage, FCLA and Linear Algebra
- Syllabus [PDF]
- Writing Exercises (PDF)
- Grades: Linear Algebra (Math 290A, 11:00, Spring 2016) [Writing]

Course Reading Questions in WeBWorK

- Login name: your UPS user name (email address up to the "@" symbol,
*but not including*), all lowercase`@pugetsound.edu` - Password: your 7-digit student ID number
**Important:**Your student ID will only work as your password for a limited time, reset your password**immediately**.- Be sure to
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your reply to each question. - Please do not use the "Email Instructor" button, my address is beezer@ups.edu
- Many problem statements are randomized, so for responses that require an essay answer be sure to follow instructions about repeating parts of your problem.
- Questions may be similar, but not identical, to the questions in the text.
- For essay questions, the text box may be resizable (drag bottom right corner in Firefox).
- Use
`\(, \)`and`\[, \]`around mathematics, not`$, $`and`$$, $$`. - Use
`\[, \]`to get multi-line output. For example,`\[A\] \[B\] \[C\]`will put`A, B, C`onto three lines, each displayed as mathematical notation. - When you start doing bigger displays of several vectors at a time, write your LaTeX (between
`\(, \)`or`\[, \]`)*all on one line*of the textbox, or you (and I) will see lots of garbage (HTML tags really). - You can see some LaTeX source in the online version of the book, but these frequently rely on a collection of macros that are not available to you in WeBWorK.
- Extensive use of the
`\text{}`macro is unwise.

The books below are in the spirit of the recommended text "Nuts and Bolts of Proof." If you find that book helpful, you might consider ordering one or more of these from someplace like Amazon.com or Barnes & Noble (these texts are listed in order of my familiarity with them, which may not be the same order I would recommend them in).

- Thinking Mathematically, Mason/Burton/Stacey
- How to Read and Do Proofs, Solow
- How to Prove It: A Structured Approach, Velleman
- Mathematical Thinking: Problem-Solving and Proofs, West/D'Angelo
- Proofs and Fundamentals: A First Course in Abstract Mathematics, Bloch

Sage is open-source software for advanced mathematics. There are many ways to use it.

- SageMathCloud
- UPS Sage Notebook Server (campus or VPN only)
- Sage Cell Server (one-off computations)

Main website for Sage: Sage Website

See below for information on in-class demonstrations.

- Sage Math Cloud: online Sage and TeX environment
- TeX on Web: another online TeX compiler
- Detexify - online LaTeX symbol finder
- The Comprehensive LaTeX Symbol List - huge PDF of useful and arcane symbols
- Free LaTeX Book: The Not So Short Introduction to LaTeX2e; Tobias Oetiker, et alia
- LaTeX Book: Guide to LaTeX; Helmut Kopka, Patrick Daly (highly recommended)

- Python Book: Dive Into Python; Mark Pilgrim
- Math Forum Linear Algebra Pages
- Oliver Knill's Linear Algebra Handouts
- Another open-content linear algebra textbook, Linear Algebra by Jim Hefferon
- Initial work on a second text: A Second Course in Linear Algebra

These examinations are offered with no guarantees. Notation, techniques, and emphases will vary (sometimes radically) from semester to semester. **Use at your own risk**. There are definitely a few typos in problem statements and in the solutions. **I do not maintain these**, nor do I entertain questions about them via email.

Spring 2015 (with Sage problems, handwritten solutions):

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Spring 2014 (with Sage problems, handwritten solutions):

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Fall 2013 (with Sage problems, handwritten solutions):

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Spring 2012 (with Sage problems, handwritten solutions):

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Spring 2010 (with solutions):

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Spring 2008 (with solutions):

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Fall 2007 (with solutions):

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Fall 2006 (with solutions):

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Fall 2005 (with solutions):

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Spring 2005 (with solutions):

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Fall 2004 (with solutions):

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Maintained by: Rob Beezer

Last updated: January 18, 2016