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2020/21 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

MATH2080 Further Linear Algebra

10 creditsClass Size: 130

Module manager: Chris Harlow

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2020/21

Pre-requisite qualifications

(MATH1005 or MATH1012 or MATH1060), or MATH1331, or equivalent.

This module is mutually exclusive with

MATH2020Algebraic Structures 1
MATH2022Groups and Vector Spaces

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module develops the more abstract ideas of vector spaces and linear transformations. These ideas are then applied to questions about changing bases, so that the matrices become as simple as possible.


To introduce the idea of linear transformation and some of its applications, and to develop sufficient theory, eg diagonalisation, for applications in Pure and Applied Mathematics and Statistics.

On completion of this module, students should be able to reproduce the appropriate definitions accurately, reproduce short proofs that they have seen in the module and do examples on the material which are more challenging than those at level 1.


1. Vector spaces over the real numbers, the complex numbers and the field of two elements. Revision of subspaces, linear independence, spanning sets and bases. Direct sums.
2. Revision of linear transformations, image and kernel, rank-nullity formula, the matrix of a linear transformation with respect to bases of the source and target vector spaces. Canonical form.
3. For vector spaces over R or C, revision of eigenvalues, eigenvectors, characteristic equation. Jordan canonical form, Cayley Hamilton Theorem, minimum polynomial.
4. Further topics may include inner products (Cauchy-Schwarz inequality, Gram Schmidt process, orthogonal decomposition, diagonalizability of real symmetric matrices) and positive matrices (Perron-Frobenius Theorem, application to Markov chains, PageRank algorithm).

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours79.00
Total Contact hours21.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

Studying and revising of course material.
Completing of assignments and assessments.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Regular problem solving assignments

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
In-course Assessment.15.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)15.00

There is no resit available for the coursework component of this module. If the module is failed, the coursework mark will be carried forward and added to the resit exam mark with the same weighting as listed above.

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Open Book exam2 hr 00 mins85.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)85.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 10/08/2020 08:42:06


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