Instructor Insights

Instructor Insights

In the following video, Professor Gilbert Strang describes various aspects of how he teaches 18.06 Linear Algebra.

Curriculum Information


Mathematics GIR

Requirements Satisfied

18.06 fulfills the linear algebra requirement for the Bachelor of Science in Mathematics.


Every semester


The students’ grades were based on the following activities:

  • 15% Problem sets
  • 45% Three one-hour exams
  • 40% Final exam

Student Information


About 180 students

Breakdown by Year

Mostly undergraduates

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.

Teaching Assistants 

Five teaching assistants conducted recitation sessions; held office hours and fielded student questions by email.

Course Info

Learning Resource Types

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