Linear Algebra: Foundations to Frontiers Spring 2015 now in session at edX (click)

Materials for LAFFing
(with IPython Notebooks - Spring 2014 Edition)

For the full LAFF experience, there are three types of materials that you can download as well as a discussion forum. Below we give instructions.

This is a project that is under construction. Some links in the notes may not work. Some of the videos may not be in the exact correct order.

The "Notes to LAFF With":

This document is your "hub". It contains hyperlinks that take you to videos on YouTube or, if you choose, downloaded versions of those videos. Start by downloading this document.

"Right-click" the picture to the right to download. Click it to view the document.

(Please download a copy rather than clicking on this link over and over again.)

Last updated: June 19, 2014

LAFF Notes

The Videos (Optional):

You can watch the videos on YouTube by clicking on "YouTube" in "Notes to LAFF With". However, if you have poor internet connectivity, you may want to instead download videos.

Now, pay attention: Let's say you created a directory (folder) named LAFF on your Desktop in which you placed the PDF "LAFFNotes.pdf" that contains "Notes to LAFF With". You will want to place the folders with the videos for each of the weeks in that same directory. As long as you do that, when you click on "Downloaded Video", the local video will be found.

Please! These are large files and we pay according to the amount of data downloaded from the Amazon S3 account. If you have not yet decided if you will pay for a copy of "Notes to LAFF With", then it would be considerate of you if you did not download the videos and for now watch the YouTube videos instead. Also, downloading multiple copies means we incur multiple charges.

Notice that "srt" files (which contain timed transcripts) are also in the directories for each of the weeks. We will try to find some instructions on how to attach these to videos.

The IPython Notebook Server:

For the programming assignments, we will use IPython Notebooks. To download these, follow the directions at

If you have any problems, e-mail

The Piazza Discussion Board:

We have set up a discussion board on Piazza . Here are instructions:

We have now recovered enough that you will likely find us answering question on the forum. Still, we hope that participants will help each other by answering quesitons. Please be courteous. Think of the intended audience of the course when you answer questions (this is an introductory linear algebra course, not a course on differentiation over manifolds...).

Last modified: Mon May 4 19:58:19 CDT 2015