Spring 2019 Matrix Analysis MTH 418


Dr. Vasilije Perovic




Lippitt Hall, 202H

Office Hours

Tuesday:   9:00am - 10:00am;    Wednesday:   2:30pm - 4:30pm;     Thursday:   9:00am - 10:00am.
Other times by appointment. Right before class is definitely not a good time to see me!

Class Time

Tuesday / Thursday   2:00pm - 3:15pm,     Woodward Hall 341.
Please turn off your cellphones, tablets, laptops, and other electronic gadgets during the class.
Regular attendance is expected.


MTH 215 or equivalent. MTH 142 and some familirity with Matlab/Mathematica is highly recommended.

Textbook (required)

Matrix Analysis for Scienists and Engineers, by Alan Laub, SIAM, 2005.
Please bring this text with you to every class!


You should check SAKAI regularly for announcements, schedule changes, downloading resources, grade updates, etc.

Other Resources

Linear Algebra, Schaum's Series.   Low-priced, with oodles of solved practise problems, used by generations of students.

A no-cost resource is a course on Linear Algebra, MIT OpenCourseWare, taught by Prof. Gil Strang.


Matrix Analysis and Applied Linear Algebra, by Carl Meyer, SIAM 2000.

Matrix Analysis, by R. Horn and C. Johnson, Cambridge University Press, 1st or 2nd Edition (more advanced text).

Computer Resources

Having access to MATLAB is desired, but not required. Note that engineering computer labs have MATLAB already installed.
Students with no MATLAB access must use OCTAVE (MATLAB's free clone).
For installing OCTAVE on your personal machine click here -- if you need help come and see me.

Course Policies, Class Handout    (last updated January 16, 2019)   

Last modified: Sunday, January 16, 2019.