harbater AT math.upenn.edu
The course will be varied, involving theory, computations, and
examples. It is open both to undergraduates and graduate students, from
the Mathematics Department and elsewhere at Penn. The course is more
in-depth than Math 370, but is less abstract and less general than Math
602. Students are not expected to have prior familiarity with groups,
rings, fields or modules, but are expected to have seen and worked with
vectors and matrices (e.g. knowing about eigenvectors and diagonalization
of matrices). Those who need to brush up on their linear algebra
background, or who would like an additional reference for this material
during the semester, may wish to look at the paperback book "Linear
Algebra" by Lipschutz and Lipson in the Schaum Outline series, or at a
standard text like "Linear Algebra" by Hoffman and Kunze.
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