The student should acquire the background in linear algebra needed to understand and apply concepts and techniques for the solution of problems arising in the different areas of aerospace engineering.
A) Learning objectives
- To solve systems of linear equations and to interpret the results
- To determine whether a square matrix is invertible or not, and to compute the inverse matrix (if it exists)
- To understand the notion of bases and coordinates in a vector space
- To represent a linear transformation by a matrix
- To compute the image and kernel of a linear transformation
- To compute the eigenvalues and eigenvectors of a matrix
- To compute the SVD decomposition of a matrix
- To find an approximate solution to an overdetermined system by least-square fitting
B) Specific skills
- To be able to solve systems of linear equations
- To be able to model real-world problems using linear algebra techniques, and solve them using algorithmic procedures.
- To be able to handle the abstract properties of vector spaces.
C) General skills
- To be able to think abstractly, and to use induction and deduction.
- To be able to communicate in oral and written forms using appropriately mathematical language.
- To be able to model a real situation using linear algebra techniques.
- To be able to interpret a mathematical solution of a given problem, its accuracy, and its limitations.
- To be able to use mathematical software.