Please register for this course on blackboard [link]. This will be used for entering test grades and for announcements, so if you do not register we will not be able to record your test grades.

For the course "Linear algebra" (Lineaire Algebra) there are lectures ("Hoorcolleges") and exercise classes ("Werkcolleges"). In each werkcollege the last 20 minutes will be a test on the material from the course up to that point. This will count towards your final grade.

See timetable here.

The rooms of the lecture and werkcolleges are NOT the same every week; see here for details.

We will follow closely parts of the book "Linear algebra and its applications" by David Lay. Every student will need a copy of the book; for example, weekly exercises will be set from the book, and the tests and exam will contain similar questions.

There is one exam for the course, after the end of the course (on 10 January). The exam will last 3 hours. It will cover material from the whole course, including that already covered in the weekly tests.

The total examination grade is is then the weighted average:

Final grade = 0.25*W + 0.75 * E.

Each week, some problems from the book will be suggested. These will not be graded, and will not count towards the final grade. However, you are extremely strongly recommended to attempt all the problems - the problems in the short tests and the final exam will be similar, and past experience suggests that ability to do he homework problems is a very strong predictor of success in the course. The problems will be discussed during the classes, and you will have the opportunity to obtain help on problems you found difficult.

Office hours of the lecturer will be from 09:30 -10:30 on Tuesdays (or by appointment) in room 233 in Snellius.

Week begins | Lecture | Homework |

30/10/2018 | 1.1, 1.2 | Homework questions Homework solutions (outline only) |

6/11/2018 | 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6 | Homework questions Homework solutions (outline only) |

13/11/2018 | 1.7, 1.8, beginning of 1.9 (not `Existence and uniqueness questions') | Homework questions Homework solutions (outline only) |

20/11/2018 | 1.9, 2.1 | Homework questionsHomework solutions (outline only) |

27/11/2018 | 2.2, 3.1 | Homework questionsHomework solutions (outline only) |

4/12/2018 | 3.2, 3.3 but NOT a formula for A inverse | Homework questions. Attempt the exam from last year (here and here) ready for the next lecture. Many practise papers (some with solutions) are hereHomework solutions (outline only) If you missed the lecture on Spanning trees and Laplacians, see notes here |

Course websites for previous years.

David Holmes <holmesdst@math.leidenuniv.nl>