Linear Algebra

University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Linear Algebra

  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Algebra, Mathematics

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    MATH 170

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    This paper is an introduction to the fundamental ideas and techniques of linear algebra and the application of these ideas to computer science and the sciences.

    The principal aim of this paper is for students to develop a working knowledge of the central ideas of linear algebra: vector spaces, linear transformations, orthogonality, eigenvalues and eigenvectors, the spectral theorem and the applications of these ideas in science, computer science and engineering.

    In particular, the paper introduces students to one of the major themes of modern mathematics: classification of structures and objects. Using linear algebra as a model, the paper investigates techniques that allow you to tell when two apparently different objects can be treated as if they were the same.

    Course Structure
    Main topics:

    • One-to-one and onto functions
    • Basic group theory (definition, subgroups, group homomorphisms and isomorphisms)
    • Vector spaces over the real and complex numbers (mainly finite-dimensional)
    • Linear transformations and their properties, kernel and range, examples involving Euclidean spaces, spaces of polynomials, spaces of continuous functions
    • Linear combinations, linear independence and spans, bases, dimension, standard bases, extending bases of subspaces, coordinate vectors and isomorphisms, rank-nullity theorem
    • Representation of linear transformations by matrices
    • Diagonalisation, eigenvalues and eigenvectors
    • Inner products, orthogonality, orthogonal projections, Cauchy-Schwartz inequality, inner-product norm, orthonormal bases, Gram-Schmidt process, orthogonal complements, minimisation problems
    • the spectral theorem for matrices, singular-value decomposition of a matrix

    Learning Outcomes
    To develop a working knowledge of the central ideas of linear algebra:

    • Vector spaces
    • Linear transformations
    • Orthogonality
    • Eigenvalues and eigenvectors
    • The spectral theorem

    And the applications of these ideas in science, computer science and engineering.

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