Syllabus for Linear Algebra II

Linjär algebra II

A revised version of the syllabus is available.


  • 5 credits
  • Course code: 1MA024
  • Education cycle: First cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Mathematics G1F
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
  • Established: 2007-03-15
  • Established by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Revised: 2010-04-27
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: week 35, 2010
  • Entry requirements: Linear Algebra and Geometry I, Single Variable Calculus
  • Responsible department: Department of Mathematics

Learning outcomes

In order to pass the course (grade 3) the student should

  • be able to give an account of and use basic vector space concepts such as linear space, linear dependence, basis, dimension, linear transformation;

  • be able to give an account of and use basic concepts in the theory of finite dimensional Euclidean spaces;

  • be able to compute determinants of arbitrary order;

  • be familiar with the concepts of eigenvalue, eigenspace and eigenvector and know how to compute these objects;

  • know the spectral theorem for symmetric operators and know how to diagonalise quadratic forms in ON-bases;

  • know how to solve a system of linear differential equations with constant coefficients;

  • be able to formulate important results and theorems covered by the course;

  • be able to use the theory, methods and techniques of the course to solve mathematical problems;

  • be able to present mathematical arguments to others.
  • Content

    Linear spaces: subspaces, linear span, linear dependence, basis, dimension, change of bases. Matrices: rank, column space and row space. Determinants of arbitrary order. Linear transformations: their matrix and its dependence on the bases, composition and inverse, range and nullspace, the dimension theorem. Euclidean spaces: inner product, the Cauchy-Schwarz inequality, orthogonality, ON-basis, orthogonalisation, orthogonal projection, isometry. Quadratic forms: diagonalisation, Sylvester's law of inertia. Spectral theory: eigenvalues, eigenvectors, eigenspaces, characteristic polynomial, diagonalisability, the spectral theorem, second degree surfaces. Systems of linear ordinary differential equations.


    Lectures and problem solving sessions.


    Written examination at the end of the course. Moreover, compulsory assignments may be given during the course.

    Reading list

    Reading list

    Applies from: week 33, 2012

    • Anton, Howard; Rorres, Chris Elementary linear algebra : with supplemental applications

      10. ed., International student version: Hoboken, N.J.: Wiley, cop. 2011

      Find in the library


    Reading list revisions