Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Linear algebra is one of the cornerstones of modern mathematics. Simple geometrical ideas, such as lines, planes, rules for vector addition and dot products arise in many places, including calculus, signal processing, mechanics, differential equations and numerical analysis. This subject is an introduction to the mathematics which allows these geometrical ideas to be applied in non-geometrical contexts. Using the key ideas of linear independence and spanning sets we develop the notion of a basis for a vector space. The fact that the space of functions is a vector space lies at the heart of Fourier approximation.

FacultyFaculty of Science, Tech & Engineering

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorPeter Van Der Kamp

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites MAT1CLA or (MAT1NLA and MAT1CDE)


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


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ReadingsPrinted subject text available from University BookshopPrescribedN/AN/A

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Melbourne, 2014, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPeter Van Der Kamp

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
Two 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Practical Week: 31 - 43
Two 1.0 hours practical per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments%
fortnightly assignments15
one 3-hour examination85