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Brief course description: This is a graduate course in linear algebra and its applications intended to prepare math Ph.D. students for the qualifying exam in linear algebra. The emphasis of the course will be on proofs, as this is what is tested on the qualifying exam. Homework exercises will also reinforce the theoretical concepts from the course in particular examples. We will study vector spaces, linear transformations, inner products and quadratic forms, the theory of endomorphisms of a finitedimensional vector space, orthogonal bases, the spectral theorem, and further applications. Students from other disciplines are welcome to enroll in the course, although previous experience with mathematical proofs will be expected. The undergraduate course MATH 436 covers much of the same material at a slower pace, and spends more time developing familiarity with proofs. 
Detailed course breakdown:
The graduate program provides the following more detailed description of the topics to be covered, with appropriate weights. The qualifying exam will be designed to reflect this syllabus.

Prerequisites: Enrollment in a graduate program or consent of the instructor. Familiarity with computational linear algebra and proofs will be expected. A strong performance in the undergraduate course MATH 436 or a similar course should be sufficient. 
Homework: There will be approximately 12 problem sets, due at the beginning of class each Wednesday starting in Week 2. There will be no homework in the week following an exam. Students are encouraged to work on the problems together as desired, but your final writeup must be completed independently. Homework is by far the most important part of the course; the only way to learn advanced mathematics is to do advanced mathematics. The course grader will grade a susbset of the problems each week, and solutions will be posted for selected problems. Students are expected to turn in homework on time in order to keep up with the course. To receive a grade of ``B'' or higher, a student must submit at least 11 of the 12 assignments. Your lowest score will be dropped at the end of the semester. 
Exams:
Since this is a preparatory course for the Ph.D. qualifying exam in linear algebra, we will have two twohour midterms during the semester to serve as a progress indicator. There will be no final exam, since the qualifying exam takes place at the end of the semester. The midterms will mimic the format of the qualifying exam but cover the material that has been covered to that point in the course. Midterms will tentatively take place on the following dates.

Grading and Expectations:
Homework will count for 50% of your grade and each midterm will count for 25% of your grade. Your letter grade will reflect the expected performance on the qualifying exam:

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