GEN_ENG 205-1: Engineering Analysis 1

Quarter Offered

None : MWF 9:10-10:00 ; Mikhelson
None : MWF 10:20-11:10 ; Mikhelson


Engineering Analysis is part of Northwestern's innovative Engineering First Program for first year undergraduates.

The program gives Northwestern engineering students the fundamentals of a successful engineering education, and lets them experience more real engineering early in their undergraduate careers.

Engineering Analysis 1 (EA-1) covers topics in Linear Algebra, a very useful branch of mathematics for many application areas, and the basics of MATLAB, a powerful computing language for solving linear algebra problems and much more. Specific topics include solving systems of linear equations,  linear independence, linear transformations, matrix inverses, vector spaces, and least-squares problems. We will also cover a sequence of case studies showing different applications of these concepts. No programming or linear algebra background is assumed.

COURSE INSTRUCTOR: Prof. Ilya Mikhelson (Fall)


  • David C. Lay, Steven R. Lay, Judi J. McDonald, Linear Algebra and its Applications, fifth edition, Pearson Addison Wesley ®2016; ISBN: 978-0321982384
  • Stephen J. Chapman, Essentials of MATLAB® Programming, 3rd edition, Cengage Learning ©2017; ISBN-13: 978-1305970656; ISBN-10: 1305970659