Courses Bachelor Display 20242025
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Course title  Linear Algebra  
Course code  BENC1004  
ECTS credits  5,0  
Assessment  Whole/Half Grades  
Period 


Level  no level  
Coordinator 
Martijn Boussé For more information: m.bousse@maastrichtuniversity.nl 

Language of instruction  English  
Goals 
* Students have the knowledge on the fundamental concepts of linear algebra, including vectors, matrices, systems of linear equations, eigenvalues, eigenvectors, linear transformations, and orthogonality.
* Students will be able to look at the same problem from different angles and they will learn to switch their point of view (from geometric to algebraic and vice versa). * Students will recognize that linear algebra can be applied to problems from different disciplines. * Students will obtain the insight that various seemingly different questions all can boil down to the same mathematical problem of solving a system of equations. * Students can argue (in a sometimes abstract way) which approach may or may not work. * Students are able to give clear arguments to support their solutions in a mathematically correct manner. * Students will be able to understand and write the language of linear algebra. 

Description 
This is a course on the study of linear transformations on linear vector spaces. The course introduces these notions both from an algebraic and geometric point of view. Applications such as solving systems of linear equations are discussed. Key concepts are vectors, matrices, linear transformations, eigenvalues, eigenvectors, inner product, orthogonality.
The course assessment consists of several components: a written exam, weekly online quizzes, and a bonus point. Additionally, we provide weekly practice quizzes and a mock exam. 

Literature 
* David C. Lay, Steven R. Lay, Judi J. McDonald, (2016), Linear Algebra and its Applications, 5th ed., Pearson, ISBN 9781292092232.


Prerequisites 
No prerequisites are required.


Keywords 
Linearity and linear independence, matrix algebra, determinants, vector spaces, eigenvalues and eigenvectors, orthogonality


Teaching methods (indicative; course manual is definitive)  PBL / Lecture  
Assessment methods (indicative; course manual is definitive)  Written Exam  
Evaluation in previous academic year  For the complete evaluation of this course please click "here"  
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