Faculty of Science

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Science
Organisational UnitSchool of Mathematical Sciences
OfferedClayton First semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Tim Garoni


Vector spaces, linear transformations. Determinants, eigenvalue problems. Inner products, symmetric matrices, quadratic forms. LU-decomposition, least squares approximation, power method. Applications to coding, economics, networks, graph theory, geometry, dynamical systems, Markov chains, differential equations.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Understand basic concepts related to vector spaces, including subspace, span, linear independence and basis;

  1. Understand basic properties of linear transformations and identify their kernel and range;

  1. Diagonalize real matrices by computing their eigenvalues and finding their eigenspaces;

  1. Understand basic concepts related to inner product spaces and apply these to problems such as least-squares data fitting;

  1. Apply tools from linear algebra in a wide variety of relevant situations;

  1. Understand and apply relevant numerical methods and demonstrate computational skills in linear algebra;

  1. Present clear mathematical arguments in both written and oral forms.


Examination (3 hours): 70%
Assignments and tests: 30%

Workload requirements

Three 1-hour lectures and one 2-hour support class per week

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Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


MAT1841, MTH1030, MTH1035, or equivalent