Reading Assignments for Linear Algebra
Fall 2001, Math 221
November 2001
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Last modified: 11/28/01
I'll use Maple syntax for mathematical notation on this page.
All section and page numbers refer to sections from Lay, updated 2nd edition.
Due Friday 11/2 at 8am
Section 4.6: Rank
Introduction to Chapter 5
Section 5.1: Eigenvectors and Eigenvalues
- To read: All of Section 4.6 and the Intro to Ch. 5. Through Example 3 in Section 5.1.
- Be sure to understand:
In Section 4.6, the definition of rank, the Rank Theorem, and the continuation of the Invertible Matrix Theorem. In Section 5.1, the definitions of eigenvector and eigenvalue, and Example 3.
E-mail Subject Line: Math 221 Your Name 11/2
Reading Questions:
- If A is a 4 x 7 matrix with three pivots, what is the dimension of Nul A? Why?
- Let A= . Verify that (1, -2) is an eigenvector of A with corresponding eigenvalue 3.
Due Monday 11/5 at 8am
Section 5.1: Eigenvectors and Eigenvalues
- To read:
Finish
- Be sure to understand:
Example 4
E-mail Subject Line: Math 221 Your Name 11/5
Reading questions:
Suppose A is a 3 x 3 matrix with eigenvalues 1, 2, and 5.
- What is the dimension of Nul(A)?
- What is the dimension of the eigenspace of A?
Due Wednesday 11/7 at 8am
Section 5.2: The Characteristic Equation
- To read: All. The section on determinants will be review.
- Be sure to understand:
The definition of the characteristic equation, Example 3, and the definition of similarity.
E-mail Subject Line: Math 221 Your Name 11/7
Reading questions:
- Let A=. Find the characteristic equation of A.
- How is the characteristic equation of a matrix related to the eigenvalues of t he matrix?
Due Friday 11/9 at 8am
The Big Picture
- To read:
Review Sections 4.5, 4.6, 5.1, 5.2
- Be sure to understand:
Try to see the big picture, the connections betweeen the ideas.
E-mail Subject Line: Math 221 Your Name 11/9
Reading questions:
- Write a brief summary of these four sections. As usual, focus on the big ideas and the relationships between them.
Due Monday 11/12 at 8am
Section 5.3: Diagonalization
- To read:
All
- Be sure to understand:
Example 3
E-mail Subject Line: Math 221 Your Name 11/12
Reading questions:
- What is the point of finding a diagonalization of a matrix?
- If A is 4x4 with eigenvalues 1, 2, 0, 3, is A diagonalizable? Explain.
Due Wednesday 11/14 at 8am
Section 5.6: Discrete Dynamical Systems
- To read:
Through Example 4
- Be sure to understand:
Example 1, and the plots in Examples 2, 3 , and 4
E-mail Subject Line: Math 221 Your Name 11/14
Reading questions:
- Let A = . Determine whether the origin is an attractor, a repellor, or a saddle point for solutions to
x_{k+1}=Ax_{k}.
Reminders:
- You probably don't need reminding, but don't put off working on Exam 2.
Due Friday 11/16 at 8am
Section 6.1: Inner Product, Length, and Orthogonality
- To read:
All
- Be sure to understand:
The definitions of inner product, norm, and orthogonal complement
Exam 2 due today. No reading questions.
Due Monday 11/19 at 8am
The Big Picture
- To read:
Review Sections 5.3, 5.6, 6.1. (You may have already done most of this while taking the exam.)
- Be sure to understand:
The big picture, the connections between ideas.
E-mail Subject Line: Math 221 Your Name 11/19
Reading questions:
- Write a brief summary of Section 6.1. Focus on the big ideas, and the connections between them (and the connections between the new ideas and old ones.)
Due Monday 11/26 at 8am
Section 6.2: Orthogonal Sets
- To read:
Through the section "Decomposing a Force into Component Forces"
- Be sure to understand:
The statement of Theorem 4 and Figure 4
E-mail Subject Line: Math 221 Your Name 11/26
Reading questions:
- Give an example of an orthogonal basis for R^{3}.
- Let w be the orthogonal projection of y onto u. What direction does w point? What direction does y-w point?
Due Wednesday 11/28 at 8am
Section 6.3: Orthogonal Projections
- To read: Through Example 3
- Be sure to understand:
Figure 2 and the statement of the Best Approximation Theorem
E-mail Subject Line: Math 221 Your Name 11/28
Reading questions:
Let y=(1, 2, 3) in R^{3} and let W be the xz-plane.
- What is the orthogonal projection of y onto W?
- Is there a point in W that is closer to y than the orthogonal projection you just found? Why or why not?
Due Friday 11/30 at 8am
Due to the problems with my web page and my being behind by a day, this is the same as Wednesday's!)
Section 6.3: Orthogonal Projections
- To read: Through Example 3
- Be sure to understand:
Figure 2 and the statement of the Best Approximation Theorem
E-mail Subject Line: Math 221 Your Name 11/28
Reading questions:
Let y=(1, 2, 3) in R^{3} and let W be the xz-plane.
- What is the orthogonal projection of y onto W?
- Is there a point in W that is closer to y than the orthogonal projection you just found? Why or why not?
Here ends the reading for November
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