Syllabus for Math 3592H --- Fall 2009 (MWF 2:30-3:20)


First semester of a one year honors course in calculus, linear algebra and analysis. Assuming a good background in one variable calculus and a strong interest in mathematics, the course is devoted to a rigorous, modern presentation of multivariable calculus and linear algebra. There will be a greater emphasis on understanding the mathematical details of the theorems and proofs than would be found in a standard course, but intuition and applications will not be neglected.


Vector Calculus, Linear Algebra and Differential Forms, by John and Barbara Hubbard. We will try to cover Chapters 1-3 in the first semester.


There will be grades for homework, two midterm exams and a final exam. All exams and quizzes are open book/notes, calculators allowed.

Quizzes 20 %
Midterm Exams (20% each) 40 %
Final Exam 40 %

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Exam Dates:

 Midterm I Tuesday, October 12
 Midterm II Tuesday, November 17
 Final Exam Thursday, December 17, 1:30-4:30 pm in Vincent Hall 211


Homework will be assigned but not collected. Instead there will be weekly quizzes consisting of problems very similar to the homework problems. If you can do the homework problems you should have no trouble with the quizzes. One quiz score will be dropped to allow for an absence or just a "bad day." To see the assignments, click on the link above.

Approximate Schedule:

 Week   Topic Reading
9/9-9/11 Vectors and matrices 1.1-1.2
9/14-9/18 Linear transformations, geometry 1.3-1.4
9/21-9/25 Limits and continuity 1.5
9/28-10/2 Compactness, big theorems 1.6
10/5-10/9 Multivariable differentiation 1.7-1.9
10/12-10/16 Midterm I, linear equations 2.1-2.2
10/19-10/23 Matrix inverses, spanning, linear independence 2.3-2.4
10/26-10/30 Dimension, kernel, image, vector spaces 2.5-2.6
11/2-11/6 Eigenvalues and applications 2.7
11/9-11/13 Inverse and implicit functions 2.10
11/16-11/20 Midterm II, Manifolds 3.1
11/23-11/25 Tangent spaces, Thanksgiving 3.2
11/30-12/4 Taylor polynomials 3.3-3.4
12/7-12/11 Quadratic forms, critical points 3.5-3.6
12/14-12/16 Lagrange multipliers 3.7