The digital image of the car produces a 297 x 425 matrix. The matrix
can be represented as a sum of rank one matrices. Using the
Singular Value Decompostion (SVD) we can approximate the original
matrix. This can be thought of as an image compression. The car WAS
mine, many years ago. It was a 1997 camaro SS.
Matrix Analysis for Scientists and Engineers
by Alan J. Laub
SIAM: Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (December 1, 2004)
is need (i.e. required) for this course. Octave is a high-level
language interface, primarily intended for numerical computations.
It provides a convenient command line interface for solving linear
and nonlinear problems numerically. Octave is very similar to MatLab,
but it is FREE. More details will be provided in class.
Online Lecture Notes:
I will be providing detailed lecture notes for some topics. You will be able to
download notes as a pdf file from within Sakai. I may also post compute codes
in Sakai thatyou can use for your assignments/projects.
Homework will be assigned after each section. A list of homework problems
will be provided in class and also posted on the web.
Do NOT email your homework to me!
Homework must have your name and list of problems assigned.
Very little tolerance is given to messy homework. If I cannot read it
or follow the solution, then it is marked incorrect.
I will not accept ANY late or incomplete homework assignments.
The primary aim of MTH 418 is to gain an adequate understanding of
matrix theory and linear algebra so that we can use the concepts
in applications. We will study vector spaces, linear transformations,
singular value decompositions, least squares, linear equations, eigenvalues,
canonical forms, QR decmpositions, and linear differential equations. Some
applications will involve GPS and web searching.
Exams and Grade Evaluation
Grade is determined by summing up your points and dividing by the total
number of points.
2 Exams 80 pts each 160 pts
Homework 168 pts
3 Projects 150 pts
Total points: 478 pts
+/- Grades may be given for borderline percentages.
There will be several projects that use the concepts in the course to
solve different applications. The goals of the projects
are to use the concepts to solve real life applications. You can work
in groups, no more than five students per group. You must use a
computer software system to solve these applications. Octave is
very easy to use and is free. You can also use Maple and Matlab.
You can NOT use a graphing calculator, excel, or code written by
someone who is not in your group. Projects will be posted on the
web. All projects must be submitted
through Sakai. We will be using the
dropbox tool in Sakai. Do NOT email the projects to me!
Projects must have a list of all the names of your group.
I will not accept ANY late or incomplete projects.
Students with Disabilities
Any student with a documented disability should contact your instructor early in the semester so that he or she may work out reasonable accommodations with you to support your success in this course. Students should also contact Disability Services for Students: Office of Student Life, 330 Memorial Union, 874-2098. They will determine with you what accommodations are necessary and appropriate. All information and documentation is confidential.
Sakai is being used in part to teach this course.
That means you should become familiar with using Sakai.
You can access Sakai at the following web address:
Use your e-campus id or your 9-digit URI student number and your @mail.uri.edu email password.
Illness Due to Flu:
The H1N1 Flu Pandemic may impact classes this semester. If any of us develop flu-like symptoms, we are being advised to stay home until the fever has subsided for 24 hours. So, if you exhibit such symptoms, please do not come to class. Notify your instructor by phone or by email of your status. Your instructor will communicate by email or by phone with you. In this way you and your instructor will work together to ensure that course instruction and work is completed for the semester.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have posted simple methods to avoid transmission of illness. These include: covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing; frequently washing your hands to protect from germs; avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth; and staying home when you are sick. For more information, please view
URI information on the H1N1 will be posted on the URI website at
http://www.uri.edu/news/h1n1, with links to the