MTH2025 - Linear algebra (advanced) - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

School of Mathematical Sciences

Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Tim Garoni


Dr Pu Gao (Jane)

Unit guides



  • First semester 2018 (On-campus)


A High Distinction in MTH1030 or ENG1005, or a Distinction in MTH1035, or by approval of the Head of School of Mathematical Sciences. In order to enrol in this unit students will need to apply via the Science Student Services officeScience Student Services office (




Vector spaces, linear transformations. Determinants, eigenvalue problems. Inner products, symmetric matrices, quadratic forms. Linear functionals and dual spaces. Matrix decompositions, least squares approximation, power method. Applications to areas such as coding, economics, networks, graph theory, geometry, dynamical systems, Markov chains, differential equations.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Understand concepts related to vector spaces, including subspace, span, linear independence and basis;
  2. Understand properties of linear transformations and identify their kernel and range;
  3. Diagonalize real matrices by computing their eigenvalues and finding their eigenspaces;
  4. Understand matrix decomposition techniques;
  5. Understand concepts related to inner product spaces and apply these to problems such as least-squares data fitting;
  6. Develop and apply tools from linear algebra to a wide variety of relevant situations;
  7. Understand and apply relevant numerical methods and demonstrate computational skills in linear algebra;
  8. Present clear mathematical arguments in both written and oral forms;
  9. Develop and present rigorous mathematical proofs.


Examination (3 hours): 60% (Hurdle)

Continuous assessment: 40%

Hurdle requirement: To pass this unit a student must achieve at least 50% overall and at least 40% for the end-of-semester exam.

Workload requirements

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

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