MATH 260 Linear Algebra Summer 2020

Rob Thompson Hunter College
Monday--Thursday 11:40am-1:45pm Room: Online
May 26-July 6, 2020

Office: Hours: Generally M-Th, 2:00-3:00.

The final exam will be on Monday, July 6, 11:40am-1:45pm, on Zoom.
We will have a review session online on Sunday, July 5, at 11:00am. We will go over problems, do examples, and answer questions.

The second exam is a take home exam. Here is the link: Exam Two.

You can use your book, but please work on your own and don't share answers. The exam is due at 11:59pm on Sunday, July 5.

The first Exam was on Monday, June 15.

Here are solutions to Exam One

Practice Problems

The Homework Assignments

Basic Information About the Course:

Please Note: All summer 2020 session courses at Hunter are online. In this course we will hold synchronous, live, online classes, using Zoom, during the regularly scheduled time slot for the course. The office hours will also be online. To access my Zoom meeting space go to in your browser and you will be prompted to go to your zoom app. If you do not have a Zoom app installed you will have to do that first. You do not necessarily need to have an account with Zoom to install and use the app. If you go into the Zoom app directly just go to profthompson.

Instructions for submitting the homework:

The homework must be in the form of PDF file

Recorded Classes

My Office:

My office hours for the summer term will for the most part be M-Th 2:00-3:00 pm. There may be a couple of days when I have to change this, but I will announce that. You don't need to make an appointment for office hours, you can just drop in. The Zoom address is profthompson.


Linear Algebra, Fourth Editon, Stephen H. Friedberg, Arnold J. Insel, Lawrence E.Spence.


The student will need to have some familiarity with multivariable calculus and mathematical proofs.

Desired Learning Outcomes:

The student will assimilate the definitions of basic conceptsin Linear Algebra such as a Vector space, Linear Transformation, Linear Independence, Basis,rank, dimension, inner product, determinate, eigenvalues and eigenvectors, diagonalization,linear operators, canonical form (this is not an exhaustive list). The student will learn thestatements of a number of fundamental theorems, and will study their proofs. The studentwill be doing homework problems which will involve some computations as well as provingvarious facts. The majority of the assessment will consist of written exams similar to thehomework problems.


There will be regularly assigned homework, two midterm exams and one final exam. The exams will count for 80% of your course grade (25%, 25%, and 30%), the homeworkwill count for 20%.


This course is an introduction to Linear Algebra, taught at a fairly abstract and conceptual level, with an emphasis on definitions, theorems, and proofs. The students will be doing proofs in the homework, as well as some computations. Here is a list of topics wewill cover, organized by Chapter in the Book.