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 Doctor Courtney Quinn
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Intermediate


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


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 10/7/2023 8/8/2023 28/8/2023 15/10/2023

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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 $515.00 $515.00 not applicable $2,522.00

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(KMA152 - Mathematics 1A OR JEE103 - Mathematics I) AND (KMA154 - Mathematics 1B OR JEE104 - Mathematics II)


Teaching Pattern

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

AssessmentQuiz #1 (15%)|Quiz #2 (15%)|Assignments (weekly) (30%)|Examination (40%)
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