Course Outline for Linear Algebra
COURSE DESCRIPTION (750 characters, maximum):
A first course in linear algebra , emphasizing the algebra of matrices and vector
spaces. Recommended for students majoring in mathematics or related areas. This
course may be taken for honors credit with instructor's approval. Meets Area 5A
of the general education requirements for the A.A. degree. Meets Areas 4 or 5 of
the general education requirements for the A.S. degree. Recommendation of the
Mathematics Department or at least a grade of “C” in each of the prerequisite
courses is required. This course may be taken for honors credit with the
permission of the instructor.
General Education Requirements – Associate of Arts Degree
(AA), meets Area(s): Area
General Education Requirements – Associate in Science Degree (AS), meets Area(s):
Area
General Education Requirements – Associate in Applied Science Degree (AAS),
meets Area(s): Area
UNIT TITLES
1. Matrices and Systems of Equations
2. Vector Spaces
3. Transformations and Matrices
4. The Inverse of a Linear Transformation
5. Representations of Linear Transformations
EVALUATION:
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students will be assessed on the course outcomes.
Students will be assessed on the course outcomes of this course in a variety of ways. They will be assessed with chapter tests, quizzes on one or more sections, midterm exams and final exams.
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GENERAL EDUCATION Competencies and Skills *:
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that apply to this course. In the box to the right of the
Competency/Skill, enter all specific learning outcome numbers (i.e. 1.1, 2.7,
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1.Read with critical comprehension  
2.Speak and listen effectively  
3.Write clearly and coherently  
4. Think creatively, logically , critically, and
reflectively (analyze, synthesize, apply, and evaluate) 

5.Demonstrate and apply literacy in its various
forms: (highlight in green ALL that apply) ( 1. technological, 2. informational, 3. mathematical , 4. scientific, 5. cultural, 6. historical, 7. aesthetic and/or 8. environmental ) 
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6.Apply problem solving techniques to realworld experiences  
7.Apply methods of scientific inquiry  
8.Demonstrate an understanding of the physical
and biological environment and how it is impacted by human beings 

9. Demonstrate an understanding of and appreciation for human diversities and commonalities  
10.Collaborate with others to achieve common goals .  
11.Research, synthesize and produce original work  
12.Practice ethical behavior  
13.Demonstrate selfdirection and self motivation  
14.Assume responsibility for and understand the impact of personal behaviors on self and society  
15. Contribute to the welfare of the community 
* General Education Competencies and Skills endorsed by ’05’06 General Education Task Force
Common Course Number: MAS 2103
UNITS
Unit 1 Matrices and Systems of Equations
General Outcome:
1.0 The students should be able to use matrix operations and other
procedures in finding the solutions of homogeneous and non homogeneous systems
of linear equations and apply these procedures to the study of vector spaces.
Specific Measurable Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this unit, the student shall be able to:
1.1 Solve systems of homogeneous and non homogeneous linear equations by the
elimination method and by the reduction of the augmented matrix of the system.
1.2 Determine criteria for the existence and uniqueness of solutions.
1.3 Perform vector operations and apply vector methods to the solution of
problems .
1.4 Evaluate the determinant of a matrix.
1.5 Perform matrix operations, find the inverse of a square matrix when the
inverse exists, and solve matrix equations.
Unit 2 Vector Spaces
General Outcome:
2.0 The students should be able to develop an understanding of the concept
of a vector space, prove that a mathematical system is a vector space, and
determine its dimension.
Specific Measurable Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this unit, the student shall be able to:
2.1 Define a vector space.
2.2 Determine whether a particular set is independent.
2.3 Determine whether a subset of a vector space spans the space.
2.4 Determine whether a subset of a vector space is a basis for the space.
2.5 Determine the coordinates of a vector with respect to a basis.
2.6 Identify subspaces of a vector space.
2.7 Determine the dimension of a vector space and of its subspaces.
2.8 Find the rank and nullity of a matrix.
2.9 Find the dot product of two vectors .
2.10 Define orthogonal and orthonormal sets and find orthogonal bases for vector
spaces.
2.11 Apply these concepts in the solution of problems.
Unit 3 Linear Transformations and Matrices
General Outcome:
3.0 The students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the
definition of linear transformation, identify linear transformations, and apply
matrix methods to linear transformations.
Specific Measurable Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this unit, the student shall be able to:
3.1 Define transformation and linear transformations.
3.2 Identify projections, rotations, and reflections.
3.3 Find the matrix of a linear transformation.
3.4 Find product transformations.
3.5 Apply the rules of transformation multiplication .
3.6 Make use of the relationship between matrix and transformation.
3.7 Apply these concepts to geometric situations.
Unit 4 The Inverse
General Outcome:
4.0 The students should be able to determine when a transformation is
invertible, how to find the inverse, and how to relate the theory of
invertibility to coordinate changes.
Specific Measurable Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this unit, the student shall be able to:
4.1 Determine if the inverse of a matrix exists.
4.2 Find the inverse of a matrix using row reduction .
4.3 Find the inverse of a product of matrices.
4.4 Find the transpose of a matrix.
4.5 Determine if a matrix is orthogonal.
4.6 Find the inverse of a linear transformation.
4.7 Describe transformations of rotations, reflections, and projections.
4.8 Use the inverse of a matrix of a transformation to change from one
coordinate system to another.
4.9 State and use the properties of determinants to evaluate large (m x m)
determinants.
4.10 State the relationships between the inverse of a matrix and its
determinant.
4.11 Find the adjoint of a matrix.
4.12 Find the inverse of a matrix using the determinant and the adjoint.
Unit 5 Representations of Linear Transformations
General Outcome:
5.0 The students should be able to find a basis for a transformation that
has a simple matrix form and find the diagonal matrix representation when it
exists.
Specific Measurable Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this unit, the student shall be able to:
5.1 Find the matrix of a transformation by investigating its affects on the
standard basis vectors.
5.2 Find the matrix of transformation on any arbitrary basis.
5.3 Explain how changing the basis will affect the matrix of transformation.
5.4 Carry out calculations with similar matrices in a very easy manner when a
basis can be found that has a simple matrix form.
5.5 Find a basis consisting of characteristic vectors of a transformation when
possible.
5.6 Find a diagonal matrix representation of a transformation when it exists.
5.7 Determine when a matrix is similar to a diagonal matrix.
5.8 Find a diagonal matrix similar to a symmetric matrix.
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