MAT 22A: Linear Algebra - Spring 2017


Thomas Strohmer
E-mail: mylastname "at"
Office: MSB 3144
Office hours: M 3:10 - 4:00 p.m., W 3:10pm - 4:00pm

Text and Course Outline:

Introduction to Linear Algebra, 5th Edition by Gilbert Strang; Wellesley Cambridge Press.

Linear Algebra is the foundation upon which science and engineering of the modern digital age is built. Knowledge of linear algebra is a basic prerequisite for the study of most areas of mathematics, statistics, electrical engineering, computer science, ... . The purpose of MAT 22A is to introduce students to the fundamental objects and concepts in Linear Algebra, including the study of vectors, matrices, and linear equations. A detailed syllabus can be found here.

Class Meeting Times:

Lectures: MWF 2:10 - 3:00 pm, Giedt 1001

Teaching Assistants:

Gicheol Shin, (Lead-TA) E-mail:
Office: MSB 3129, Office hours: Thu 2:00pm-3:00pm

Cooper Jacob E-mail:
Office: MSB 2117, Office hours: F 11:30am-12:30pm

Haotian Li E-mail:
Office: MSB 3204, Office hours: Tue 10:00am-12:00pm

Wen Liu E-mail:
Office: MSB 3206, Office hours: Tue 9:00am-10:00am

Exam Dates:

In general there will be no makeup exams. If you have an official reason that prevents you from attending the midterm, you must contact me by email before the exam takes place.

Grading Policy:

Class participation:

Active participation during lectures can improve the grade in borderline cases.


Homework will be assigned weekly. Doing the homework (while admittedly sometimes boring and tedious) is still the best and most efficient way to learn the material. As additional motivation to do the homework, there will be at least one homework problem on the midterm and on the final exam.

Homework Assignments can be found here (once the course starts ...)