Courses & Units

Linear Algebra and Differential Equations KMA254



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
Unit code KMA254
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Discipline Mathematics
Coordinator Associate Professor Jeremy Sumner
Teaching staff Professor Lawrence (Larry) Forbes
Available as an elective?
Delivered By Delivered wholly by the provider
Level Intermediate


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 12/7/2021 10/8/2021 30/8/2021 17/10/2021

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2021 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2021 will be available from the 1st October 2020. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • 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.

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
010101 $493.00 $493.00 not applicable $2,402.00
  • 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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2 Please refer to more information on eligibility and Approved Pathway courses.
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Admission into a Masters course OR (KMA152 Mathematics 1A OR JEE103 Mathematics I) AND (KMA154 Mathematics 1B OR JEE104 Mathematics II)


Teaching Pattern

3 x 1-hr lectures, 1 x 1-hr tutorial weekly

AssessmentMid-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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