Medgar Evers College  
Course Prefix:  MTH Course Number: 310 
Course Title:  Matrices and Groups for the Sciences 
Subject:  Mathematics 
Minimum Credits:  3.0 Maximum Credits: 3.0 Hours per week: 3.0 
COURSE DESCRIPTION: 
This course is specifically designed to provide students in the space science program, the chemistry and the environmental science program, the physics program, and the computer science program with a survey of the basic tools from abstract and linear algebra that are used by physical scientists. The traditional topics on sets, basic counting principles and formulas, relations, mappings, linear transformations and matrixes as well as applications of these concepts to the sciences will be discussed in detail. Basic matrix algebra, inverses, transposes, adjoints and special matrices (such as unitary and hermitian matrices), along with systems of linear algebraic equations will be presented. Eigenvalues and eigenvectors, diagonalization of matrices and functions of matrices will be studied and applications of matrices to such areas in the physical and computer sciences as quantum mechanics, physical chemistry, advanced inorganic chemistry and networks, and computer graphics will be emphasized. Throughout the course the emphasis will be on the application(s) of abstract mathematical systems to the physical sciences. Use of the mathematical software MAPLE will be emphasized for all numerical and graphical work. 
Restrictions:  This course cannot be used by majors in the mathematical sciences as a substitute for MTH 207  linear Algebra and MTH 308/MTH309 Abstract Algebra I and II. 
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Start Date: 09/27/2006 End Date: 