Linear Algebra

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Linear Algebra

  • Host University

    Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

  • Location

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    After successfully completing this course,
    - the student has a working knowledge of the concepts of matrix algebra and finite-dimensional linear algebra, such as echelon form, lu-decomposition, linear independence, determinants
    - the student is familiar with the general theory of finite-dimensional vector spaces, in particular with the concepts of basis and dimension
    - the student is familiar with the concepts of eigenvalues and eigenvectors, diagonalization and singular value decomposition and can apply these concepts in basic applications in discrete time dynamical systems,
    - has working knowledge of the concepts of inner product spaces and matrices acting in inner product spaces, including orthogonal projections and diagonalization of symmetric matrices.

    - systems of linear equations
    - linear (in)dependence
    - linear transformations and matrices
    - matrix operations
    - determinants
    - vector spaces and subspaces
    - basis and dimension
    - rank of a matrix, dimension theorem
    - coordinate systems and change of basis
    - eigenvalues and eigenvectors
    - diagonalization of matrices
    - inner product, length and orthogonality
    - orthogonal bases and least-squares problem
    - diagonalization of symmetric matrices
    - quadratic forms
    - singular value decomposition

    2 lectures and 1 exercise class per week


    Six bi-weekly tests (20 percent, only the best five are taken into account), a midterm exam (40 percent) and a final exam (40 percent). There is a resit. For students taking the resit the final grade is determined by the maximum of the following two numbers: 0.2 times the average of the best five tests plus 0.8 times the result of the resit and just the resit.

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