06240
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Algebra I
Department of Mathematics, University of Toronto, Fall 2006
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.
Instructor: Dror BarNatan, drorbn@math.toronto.edu, Bahen 6178, 4169465438. Office hours: by appointment.
Classes: Tuesdays 13 and Thursdays 12 at MP 203.
Teaching Assistants: Dmitry Donin, donin@math.toronto.edu, Bahen 6191, 4169782095 and Paul Lee, plee@math.toronto.edu, Bahen 6135, 4169784794.
Tutorials: Thursdays 24 at MP 203 if the last digit of your student number is even, and at MP 118 if it is odd. 
Text
Freidberg, Insel, Spence. Linear Algebra, 4e. New Jersy: Pearson Education Inc, 2003.
Famous Quotes About Math and Mind
 "The problems that exist in the world today cannot be solved by the level of thinking that created them." by Albert Einstein
 "Do not worry about your difficulties in mathematics, I can assure you mine are still greater." by Albert Einstein
 "The mind, once expanded to the dimensions of larger ideas, never returns to its original size." by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
 "I don't think necessity is the mother of invention. Invention, in my opinion, arises directly from idleness, possibly also from laziness  to save oneself trouble." by Dame Agatha Christie (18901976)
 "A mathematician is a machine for turning coffee into theorems." by Alfréd Rényi, colleague of Paul Erdős.
Further Resources
 Undergraduate Information at the UofT Math Department
 Undergraduate Course Descriptions.
 Last year's MAT240 web site.
 Two years ago's MAT240 site.
 "How to Think Like a Mathematician" by Kevin Houston.
 "How to Read Mathematics" by Shai Simonson and Fernando Gouvea.
 A wide variety of free online mathematics texts is here. Want more examples? Get them here. Also, for those in 157 I'd suggest looking at Elias Zakon's Analysis 1 text as a supplement for Spivak.