Checking date: 15/07/2020

Course: 2020/2021

Linear Algebra
Study: Bachelor in Biomedical Engineering (257)


Department assigned to the subject: Department of Mathematics

Type: Basic Core
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Branch of knowledge: Engineering and Architecture

Competences and skills that will be acquired and learning results. Further information on this link
The student is expected to know and understand the fundamental concepts of: - Systems of linear equations - Matrix and vector algebra. - Vector subspaces in R^n. The student is expected to acquire and develop the ability to: - Operate and solve equations with complex numbers - Discuss the existence and uniqueness of solutions of a system of linear equations - Solve a consistent system of linear equations - Carry out basic operations with vectors and matrices - Determine whether a square matrix is invertible or not, and compute the inverse matrix if it exists - Determine whether a subset of a vector space is a subspace or not - Find bases of a vector subspace, and compute change-of-basis matrices - Compute eigenvalues and eigenvectors of a square matrix - Determine whether a square matrix is diagonalizable or not - Obtain an orthonormal basis from an arbitrary basis of a subspace - Solve least-squares problems - Determine whether a square matrix is orthogonally diagonalizable or not
Description of contents: programme
1. Complex numbers · Numbers sets · Necessity of complex numbers · Binomial form of a complex number · Graphical representation · Operations · Complex conjugate, modulus, argument · Polar form of a complex number · Roots of complex numbers · Exponential of a complex number · Solving equations 2. Systems of linear equations · Introduction to Linear Equations · Geometrical Interpretation · Existence and Uniqueness · Matrix Notation · Gaussian Elimination · Row Equivalence and Echelon Forms · Solving Linear Systems · Homogeneous Systems · Simultaneous Solving · Systems with parameters 3. Matrix algebra · Matrix Operations · Transpose of a Matrix · Conjugate Transpose of a Matrix · Inverse of a Matrix 4. The vector space Rn · Vectors · Linear Subspace · Linear Combinations · Subspace Spanned by Vectors · Column and Row Spaces · The Matrix Equation Ax=b · Null Space · Revisiting Linear Systems · Linear Independence · Basis for a Linear Subspace · Dimension of a Linear Subspace · Basis for Col A, Row A and Nul A · Rank of a Matrix · Coordinate Systems · Introduction to Linear Transformations 5. Eigenvalues and eigenvectors · Determinants · Eigenvalues & Eigenvectors · The Characteristic Equation · Diagonalization · Change of Basis 6. Orthogonality · Dot Product and Modulus · Orthogonal Sets · Orthogonal Complement · Orthogonal Projection · The Gram-Schmidt Process · Least-Squares Problems 7. Symmetric matrices · Symmetric Matrices & Orthogonal Diagonalization
Learning activities and methodology
The teaching methodology will include: - Theoretical lectures in large groups, where knowledge that students should acquire will be presented. The course weekly schedule will be available to students and they are expected to prepare the classes in advance. - Resolution of exercises by the student, which will serve them as a self-assessment and to acquire the necessary skills - Problem classes, during which problems are discussed and solved - Tutorships
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 60
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 40
Basic Bibliography
  • David C. Lay,. Linear Algebra and its Applications,. Addison Wesley.
Additional Bibliography
  • B. Noble and J. W. Daniel. Applied Linear Algebra. Prentice Hall.
  • David Poole. Linear Algebra: A Modern Introduction. Cengage Learning. 2010 (3rd Edition)
  • G. Strang. Linear Algebra and its Applications, 4th Edition. Wellesley-Cambridge.
  • Jim DeFranza, Daniel Gagliardi. Introduction to Linear Algebra with Applications. McGraw Hill. 2009
  • W. Keith Nicholson. Linear Algebra with Applications. McGraw Hill. 2009 (6th edition)
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