MATH 125: Linear Algebra for Business




Math 125 requires a textbook. The required textbook is Linear Algebra with Business Applications, by Sherbert and Brown, 3-d edition. This text includes a supplement in the back by Adawi and Royer.

We will cover chapters 1 through 5. A brief description of the material covered each week is given in the weekly schedule below. You are expected to read the textbook before the classroom discussion of each topic, as indicated on the schedule of homework and reading assignments.

A graphing calculator such as TI-83, TI-83+, TI-84 or TI-84+ is required. You may use it on exams, however, you will still be required to show work in most cases.


MATH 090 or a grade of C or better in MATH 121 or appropriate performance on the UIC mathematics placement test.


The course grade for the semester will be determined by Midterms, Quizzes, Homework and the Final Exam as shown below:


Here is a brief overview of the material we will cover each week. For detailed schedule see homework page.

1 1.1 - 1.4 Linear equations and inequalities in the plane
2 1.5 Linear programming in the plane
3 2.1 - 2.2 Gaussian elimination
4 2.3, 2.5 Consistency, Gauss-Jordan elimination
5 2.4, Exam 1 Geometry of 3-space
6 2.6 - 2.7 Simplex algorithm
7 3.1 - 3.2 Matrix operations, inverses
8 3.3 - 3.4 Leontieff model
9 3.5, Exam 2 Determinants
10 3.6, 4.1 Markov analysis, Vectors
11 4.2 - 4.3 Linear combinations, Spans
12 4.4 - 4.5 Linear independence, Bases
13 4.6, Exam 3 Dimension
14 5.1 - 5.2 Scalar product, Orthogonality, Projections
15 5.3 - 5.4, Review Least Squares Approximation


Students with disabilities who require special accommodations for access and participation in this course must be registered with the Office of Disability Services (ODS). Students who need exam accommodations must contact ODS in the first week of the term to arrange a meeting with a Disability Specialist. Please contact ODS at 312/413-2183 (voice) or 312/413-0123 (TTY).


We are conducting a study of the new ALEKS placement test and we want to know the opinions of the incoming freshmen who took the test.

Math 125 freshmen students please to go to and take a couple of minutes to do the survey?

We would like the survey to be done before the end of the second week of the semester.