18.06 Linear Algebra, Spring 2015

18.06 Spring 2015
Professor: Gilbert Strang (office E17-420, email gs at math.mit.edu)
Lectures: MWF 11 am, in 10-250.
Course administrator: Carlos Sauer (office E18-401P, email csauer at math.mit.edu)
Textbook: Gilbert Strang's, Introduction to Linear Algebra, 4th edition.

Course Information and Syllabus

Thank you for taking 18.06! We hope you have a wonderful summer!


Recitations meet on Tuesdays starting from Feb 10 No recitations on Feb 17 (MIT Monday, Lecture ON), Mar 24 (Spring Break) and Apr 21 (Patriot's Day vacation). You must enroll in a specific section. Your homework and exams will go to that section. Default recitation sections are assigned by the Registrar. You may change your recitation on Membership module and view your grades on Gradebook.

TimeRoomInstructorOfficeE-mail (at math.mit.edu)Office hour
Lec. MWF 11 10-250 Gilbert Strang E17-420 gs Contact at end of any lecture
R01 T10 26-302 Dmitry Vaintrob E18-401C mitkav W2-4 at E18-358
R02 T10 26-322 Francesco Lin E17-401A linf W1-3 at E18-466B
R03 T11 26-302 Dmitry Vaintrob E18-401C mitkav W2-4 at E18-358
R04 T11 26-322 Francesco Lin E17-401A linf W1-3 E18-466B
R05 T11 26-328 Laszlo Lovasz E17-401K lmlovasz Th11-1 E18-466B
R06 T12 36-144 Michael Andrews E17-301B mjandr W4-5 at E18-358
R07 T12 26-302 Netanel Blaier E17-301V netanel Tu4-5 at E18-358
R08 T12 26-328 Laszlo Lovasz E17-401K lmlovasz Th11-1 E18-466B
R09 T 1pm 26-302 Sungyoon Kim E18-401U ksshiny M3-4 at E18-358
R10 T 1pm 36-144 Tanya Khovanova E18-420 tanya Tu3-5 E18-420
R11 T 1pm 26-322 Jay Shah E18-401N jshah M12:30-2:30 at E18-358
R12 T 2pm 36-144 Tanya Khovanova E18-420 tanya Tu3-5 at E18-420
R13 T 2pm 26-322 Jay Shah E18-401N jshah M12:30-2:30 at E18-358
R14 T 3pm 26-322 Carlos Sauer E18-401P csauer W12:30-1:30 at E18-358

Homework and Collaboration

Homework will be posted weekly in the Problem Sets section of the class website. Assignments will be due on Thursday, BEFORE 4PM. Part of the homework is online at MITx, see below. Please put them in the box for your section in E17-131. Please staple them (you may use the math stapler). They are due every week except exam weeks and are returned in recitation.

Late homework will not be accepted and no extensions are granted. However, your lowest homework grade will be dropped.

The homeworks are essential in learning linear algebra. They are not a test and you are encouraged to talk to other students about difficult problems---after you have found them difficult. Talking about linear algebra is healthy. But you must write your own solutions.


Online homework questions (including MATLAB questions) will be posted at MITx later in the semester.

It is best to use Safari, Firefox, or Chrome.

Step 1. Go to lms.mitx.mit.edu

Step 2. Click login in the upper right corner (need certificates)

Step 3. Click Find Courses in the upper left corner.

Step 4. Register for 18.06


Many students find the second exam more challenging than the first exam. It is not surprising to see a much lower mean on the second exam as this part of the course trains students to go past the mechanical and computational, emphasizing the conceptual and the ability to tackle new problems.

The use of calculators or notes is not permitted during the exams. Taking another course at the same time is not an excuse for missing the in-class hour exam. There will be no make-up exams in this course.

Concerns about homework, grading, exams: see your recitation instructor.

Checking grade records: online at Gradebook.

Changing recitation: online at Membership module.

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