In the following video, Professor Gilbert Strang describes various aspects of how he teaches 18.06 Linear Algebra.
18.06 fulfills the linear algebra requirement for the Bachelor of Science in Mathematics.
The students’ grades were based on the following activities:
- 15% Problem sets
- 45% Three one-hour exams
- 40% Final exam
About 180 students
Breakdown by Year
Breakdown by Major
Many computer science & engineering and management majors
How Student Time Was Spent
During an average week, students were expected to spend 12 hours on the course, roughly divided as follows:
Typically meets 3 times per week for 1 hour per session; 38 sessions total; mandatory attendance.
Typically meets 1 time per week for 1 hour each session.
Out of Class
Completing problem sets; studying for exams.
Course Team Roles
Lead Instructor (Professor Strang)
Professor Strang prepared and delivered lectures; prepared problem sets.
Five teaching assistants conducted recitation sessions; held office hours and fielded student questions by email.