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MA2508: LINEAR ALGEBRA II (2020-2021)

Last modified: 08 Sep 2020 09:15


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 Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Dejan Govc

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Programme Level 2

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

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

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

Syllabus

  • The ring of polynomials with coefficients in a field.
  • The various definitions of the determinant. Properties and methods of calculation. Finding the inverse of a matrix using cofactors.
  • Eigenvalues and eigenvectors of square matrices and of endomorphisms. Properties.
  • Diagonalization
  • Minimal polynomial, characteristic polynomial, Cayley-Hamilton theorem.
  • Orthogonal bases and the Gram-Schmidt procedure.
  • Product spaces, symmetric matrices, orthogonal transformations, unitary transformations.
  • Jordan normal forms if time allows.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 during University weeks 25 - 29, 31 - 34, 38 - 39
  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 26 - 29, 31 - 34, 38 - 39

More Information about Week Numbers


In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for courses may be subject to change. All updates for first-half session courses will be actioned no later than 1700 (GMT) on 18 September 2020. All updates for second half-session courses will be actioned in advance of second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

Ten x weekly online quizzes - 6% each

Two essay-type assignments - 20% each

Alternative Resit Arrangements for students taking course in Academic Year 2020/21

 

Resubmission of failed elements (pass marks carried forward)

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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