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MTH2025

Faculty of Science

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This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2016 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Faculty

Science

Organisational Unit

School of Mathematical Sciences

Coordinator(s)

Dr Tim Garoni

Offered

Clayton

  • First semester 2016 (Day)

Synopsis

Vector spaces, linear transformations. Determinants, eigenvalue problems. Inner products, symmetric matrices, quadratic forms. Linear functionals and dual spaces. Matrix decompositions, least squares approximation, power method. Applications to areas such as coding, economics, networks, graph theory, geometry, dynamical systems, Markov chains, differential equations.

Outcomes

On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Understand concepts related to vector spaces, including subspace, span, linear independence and basis;
  2. Understand properties of linear transformations and identify their kernel and range;
  3. Diagonalize real matrices by computing their eigenvalues and finding their eigenspaces;
  4. Understand matrix decomposition techniques;
  5. Understand concepts related to inner product spaces and apply these to problems such as least-squares data fitting;
  6. Develop and apply tools from linear algebra to a wide variety of relevant situations;
  7. Understand and apply relevant numerical methods and demonstrate computational skills in linear algebra;
  8. Present clear mathematical arguments in both written and oral forms;
  9. Develop and present rigorous mathematical proofs.

Assessment

Final examination (3 hours): 70%
Assignments and tests: 30%

Workload requirements

Three 1-hour lectures, one 1-hour workshop and one 2-hour support class per week

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Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Prerequisites

A High Distinction in MTH1030 or ENG1005, or a Distinction in MTH1035, or by approval of the Head of School of Mathematical Sciences. In order to enrol in this unit students will need to apply via the Science Student Services office.

Prohibitions