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MA2508: LINEAR ALGEBRA II (2016-2017)

Last modified: 28 Jun 2018 10:27

Course Overview

Linear algebra is the study of vector spaces and linear maps between them and it is a central subject within mathematics.

It provides foundations for almost all branches of mathematics and sciences in general. The techniques are used in engineering, physics, computer science, economics and others. For example, special relativity and quantum mechanics are formulated within the framework of linear algebra.


The two courses Linear Algebra I and II aim at providing a solid foundation of the subject.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 2
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Ellen Henke

Qualification Prerequisites


What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • MA2008 Linear Algebra I (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

Course Aims

To provide students with the basic knowledge of modern linear algebra.

Main Learning Outcomes

* Understanding definitions of the basic concepts of linear algebra (vector space, linear map, basis, eigenvectors, matrices etc).
* Fluency in computations and in manipulating elementary notions.
* Understanding basic scientific applications of the mathematical concepts discussed in the course.

Course Content

This is the second part of the two parts course on linear algebra. The whole course contains the following topics:

* Fields
* Vector spaces
* Linear maps
* Matrices
* Linear equations
* Eigenvalues and eigenvectors

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt

1 two-hour written examination (80%); in-course assessment (20%).

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.


In-course assignments will normally be marked within one week and feedback provided to students in tutorials. Students will be invited to contact Course Coordinator for feedback on the final examination.

Course Learning Outcomes


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