Linear Algebra for Scientists and Engineers MATH461 (Spring 2016)

Updated: 1/24/2016
Title: Linear Algebra for Scientists and Engineers
Instructor: Professor Konstantina Trivisa
Class Time: TuTh 2:00-3:15
Location: ARM 0131
Book: Linear Algebra and its Applications (Fifth Edition) by David C. Lay
Office Hours: Tu Th 11:00-12:15.
Office: Math 3307, telephone 405-6865
Prerequisite: Math 141, and one MATH/STAT course for which MATH 141 is a prerequisite.

Course Description: MATH461 presents the main concepts and terminology of linear algebra that play an essential role in science and engineering. For example, linear algebra is used in signal processing, control systems engineering, structural analysis, large-scale computations, robotics, computer graphics, environmental science, and many areas in physics.


  • Systems of Linear Equations
  • Matrices
  • Vector Spaces
  • Linear Transformations
  • Scalar Products and Orthogonality
  • Eigenvalues
  • Applications

    Web-page: Besides this website the course will have a web presence via ELMS (CANVAS). Please log-in and check that you can see the course MATH461.

    Homework: Homework will be assigned once a week but not collected. The TAs will prepare a quiz based on the assigned homework which will be given to you during the discussion session. The quiz will be graded and be returned to you by your TA at the discussion session. There will be given approximately ten quizzes during the semester from which only the best eight quizzes will count towards your grade. Missing two or scoring low on them will not count against you.

    MATLAB: MATLAB will be a very useful addition in our course. For information on software, tutoring and computer labs locations and hours, see the Mathemathics Department resources page The department is offering free Matlab tutoring.

    Midterms: There will be given three (50min) midterm exams.

    Midterm 1: Tuesday, February 23, 2016 (in class)
    Midterm 2: Thursday, March 31, 2016 (in class)
    Midterm 3: Tuesday, May 3, 2016 (in class)

    Final Exam: May 16, Monday, 10:30am - 12:30pm.


    Discussion Session:

  • Homework Math461

    Exam Policy: There are no make-up exams. The weight of a missed exam will be shifted to the final in the following exceptional circumstances: (a) Absence due to religious observance (when the nature of the observance prevents the student from being present during the exam - if that is the case, the student should notify the instructor during the first week of class). (b) Participation in university activities at the request of university authorities. (c) Illness of the student (in which case the student should notify the instructor within 48 hours of the exam). It is the university policy that the student must provide documentation of illness indicating the dates the student was unable to meet academic responsibilities and signed by a health care professional.

    Academic Integrity: You are expected to read carefully and adhere to the following instruction provided by the Student Honor Council: The University of Maryland, College Park has a nationally recognized Code of Academic Integrity, administered by the Student Honor Council. This Code sets standards for academic integrity at Maryland for all undergraduate and graduate students. As a student you are responsible for upholding these standards for this course. It is very important for you to be aware of the consequences of cheating, fabrication, facilitation, and plagiarism. For more information on the Code of Academic Integrity or the Student Honor Council, please visit To further exhibit your commitment to academic integrity, remember to sign the Honor Pledge on all examinations: I pledge on my honor that I have not given or received any unauthorized assistance on this examination (assignment). You will not be asked to sign such a pledge on homework and matlab assignments, but you are nevertheless expected to adhere to the principles of the pledge. The rationale for the pledge is available online at All cases of academic dishonesty will be referred to the Dean of Students Office.

    Students with disabilities: The University of Maryland provides upon request appropriate academic accommodations for qualified students with disabilities. Please see me immediately if you require such accommodation (do not wait until the day before the first exam).

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