12240

Algebra I
Department of Mathematics, University of Toronto, Fall 2012
Agenda: Understand linear algebra, the simplest algebra there is, and come to appreciate that simplest is also the most fundamental.
Hidden Agenda: Learn (by example) how "real" math is done: abstraction and generalization, definitions, theorems and proofs, the basic language of mathematics.
Instructor: Dror BarNatan, drorbn@math.toronto.edu, Bahen 6178, 4169465438. Office hours: Wednesdays 10:3011:30 at Bahen 6178 (on teaching weeks), or, if truly impossible, by appointment.
Classes: Tuesdays 111 and Thursdays 34 in RW 110.
Teaching Assistants: Brandon Hanson (bhanson@math.toronto.edu) and Peter Crooks (peter.crooks@utoronto.ca).
Tutorials: Thursdays 4:156 at RS 211 (see map) with Peter Crooks if the last digit of your student number is even, and at RW 110 (our normal classroom) with Brandon Hanson if it is odd. No tutorials on the first week of classes. 
TA Office Hours: Wednesdays 111 with Peter and Thursdays 13 with Brandon (both TAs available to both tutorial groups), at 215 Huron St., 10th floor (warning: elevator only goes to 9th floor).
Text
Our main text book will be Linear Algebra (fourth edition) by Friedberg, Insel and Spence, ISBN 0130084514; it is a required reading. An errata is at http://www.math.ilstu.edu/linalg/errata.html.
Further Resources
 My 12240 notebook.
Dror's notes above / Students' notes below 
 Mathematics at Google publication: (abstract) (slides).
 ProofWiki
 Pretty much the outline for the text's chapter 3 and 4, helpful for review.
 A few cheat sheets made by students have been posted in The Final Exam section.