### Learning goals

The main course-level goals are as follows.

A) Solve systems of linear equations.

B) Solve eigenvalue problems.

C) Analyze mathematical statements and expressions (for
example, to assess whether a particular statement is accurate, or to
describe solutions of systems in terms of existence and uniqueness).

D) Write logical progressions of precise mathematical
statements to justify and communicate your reasoning.

E) Apply linear algebra concepts to model, solve, and analyze
real-world situations.

### Textbook

The primary textbook for this course is
Interactive
Linear Algebra by Dan Margalit and Joseph Rabinoff.

There is also an * optional * textbook which is purely
for reference (we do not use it at all anymore in 1553):
Linear Algebra and its Applications, 5th edition, by
Lay–Lay–McDonald, which you can view online if you purchase access to
MyMathLab.

For those who wish to purchase MyMathLab access, you can
follow the instructions
here.
This will also grant MyMathLab access to Thomas' Calculus, Early
Transcendentals (14th edition) which most students will use later, so
you may find it convenient to purchase the code even though it is not
required for Math 1553. If you have previously purchased MyMathLab
access to these textbooks at Georgia Tech within the past 18 months,
you should not need to purchase a new code.