This second-semester unit provides core knowledge in linear algebra and differential equations. The first half of the unit demonstrates the central role linear algebra plays in mathematics by covering the fundamental concepts of vector spaces and the analysis of linear maps via their realisation as matrices. The second half of the unit focuses on the mathematical description of phenomena that involve continuous change by developing techniques for analysing and solving systems of differential equations. This unit is compulsory for the Mathematics major of the BSc.
|Unit name||Linear Algebra and Differential Equations|
|College/School||College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
|Coordinator||Associate Professor Jeremy Sumner|
|Teaching staff||Professor Lawrence (Larry) Forbes|
|Available as student elective?||Yes|
|Delivered By||University of Tasmania|
|Location||Study period||Attendance options||Available to|
- International students
- Domestic students
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|Study Period||Start date||Census date||WW date||End date|
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- Explain the fundamentals of linear algebra: vector spaces, subspaces, linear maps, eigenvalues and eigenvectors.
- Identify and develop solutions to applied problems, using linear algebra and other mathematical methods.
- Formulate simple mathematical proofs at intermediate level for the core results of linear algebra.
- Synthesise the classification of differential equations and the structural properties of their solutions, such as critical points.
- Analyse theoretical concepts of linear algebra and other mathematical methods commonly used to solve differential equations, such as Laplace transforms.
- Apply logic, reasoning and a variety of communication skills to present mathematical arguments in a clear and precise way.
|Field of Education||Commencing Student Contribution 1||Grandfathered Student Contribution 1||Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2||Domestic Full Fee|
- Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
- HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
- FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4
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PrerequisitesAdmission into a Masters course OR (KMA152 Mathematics 1A OR JEE103 Mathematics I) AND (KMA154 Mathematics 1B OR JEE104 Mathematics II)
3 x 1-hr lectures, 1 x 1-hr tutorial weekly
|Assessment||Mid-semester test. (20%)|Examination (60%)|Assignments (weekly) (20%)|
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Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.
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