This year, 2.035 focuses on selected topics from linear algebra and the calculus of variations. It is aimed mainly (but not exclusively) at students aiming to study mechanics (solid mechanics, fluid mechanics, energy methods etc.), and the course introduces some of the mathematical tools used in these subjects. Applications are related primarily (but not exclusively) to the microstructures of crystalline solids.
Prerequisites
18.02, 18.03, or permission of instructor.
Course Outline
Linear Algebra: (8 classes)

Linear vector spaces

Euclidean vector spaces

Linear transformations

Cartesian tensors
Calculus of Variations: (6 classes)
Grading
Grading criteria.
ACTIVITES 
PERCENTAGES 
Midterm 
40% 
Final exam 
60% 
Midterm Exam
Part 1: Inclass. You can use your own handwritten class notes only.
Part 2: Take home. You can use Knowles and your own handwritten class notes only.
Final Exam
The final exam will be entirely take home. All problems will be on calculus of variations. There will be 6 problems of which you can work any 5. You should not devote more than 2 hours on any one problem.