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MA2008: LINEAR ALGEBRA I (2022-2023)

Last modified: 21 Oct 2022 15:40


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 First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Mark Grant

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 first 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

  • Basic set theory: Naive understanding of a set and of relations, in particular equivalence relations. Maps (injective/surjective/bijective). The principal of induction.
  • Definitions, examples and elementary properties of groups, rings and fields. In particular integers mod n and fields of prime order.
  • Solving a linear system over a field. Elementary row operations, row echelon form, Gaussian algorithm for solving a linear system over a field.
  • Vector spaces and K-algebras. Definition of a vector space over a field. Examples.
  • Subspaces of a vector space, intersection and sum of subspaces.
  • Span, spanning sets. Linear independence. Basis, dimension. Elementary results about bases and dimension.
  • Linear transformations. Definition, kernel, image, the matrix of a linear transformation with respect to bases. The rank of a matrix and the rank-nullity theorem.
  • Invertible matrices and the Gauss-Jacobi method for finding the inverse of a matrix.
  • A brief introduction to determinants of matrices with entries in arbitrary fields.

Details for second half-session courses, including assessments, may be subject to change until 23 December 2022.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

  • 3 Lectures during University weeks 8 - 18
  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 9 - 18

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Details for second half-session courses, including assessments, may be subject to change until 23 December 2022.

Summative Assessments

Homework

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 20
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Feedback

In-course assignments will normally be marked within one week and feedback provided to students in tutorials.

Learning Outcomes
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Exam

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 50
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Students will be invited to contact Course Coordinator for feedback on the final examination.

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10 x Weekly Quiz

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 10
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Homework

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Formative Assessment

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Resit Assessments

Exam

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 100
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Course Learning Outcomes

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