Fall 2020 - MATH 240 D100

Algebra I: Linear Algebra (3)

Class Number: 2824

Delivery Method: Remote


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo, We, Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 9, 2020
    8:30 AM – 11:30 AM

  • Prerequisites:

    MATH 150 or 151; or MACM 101; or MATH 154 or 157, both with a grade of at least B.



Linear equations, matrices, determinants. Real and abstract vector spaces, subspaces and linear transformations; basis and change of basis. Complex numbers. Eigenvalues and eigenvectors; diagonalization. Inner products and orthogonality; least squares problems. Applications. Subject is presented with an abstract emphasis and includes proofs of the basic theorems. Students with credit for MATH 232 cannot take this course for further credit. Quantitative.


This course will be delivered online. You are expected to have access to a reliable internet connection. You will need a computer from which you can download course materials and activities and watch live and/or recorded lectures and participate in live tutorials or workshops.

You will need a camera to take photographs of your work. A phone is acceptable.

Linear Equations

  • Systems of Linear Equations, Row Reduction and Echelon Form
  • Vectors, Vector Equations, Matrices
  • The Matrix Equation Ax=b
  • Solution Sets of Linear Systems
  • Matrix Inverse
  • Linear Independence, Rank and Dimension
  • Introduction to Linear Transformations
  • The Matrix of a Linear Transformation
Vector Spaces
  • Vector Spaces and Subspaces
  • Null Spaces, Column Spaces, and Linear Transformations
  • Linearly Independent Sets; Bases for Subspaces
  • Coordinate Systems
  • The Dimension of a Vector Space
  • Change of Basis
  • Determinants and their Properties
  • Cramer's Rule
Complex Numbers
  • Arithmetic in Cartesian Co-ordinates
  • The Complex Plane,Complex Conjugate, and Magnitude
  • Polar Form, De Moivre's Formula and Euler's Formula
  • Roots of Quadratic Polynomials
Eigenvalues and Eigenvectors
  • Complex Eigenvalues
  • The Characteristic Equation
  • Diagonalization
  • Eigenvectors and Linear Transformations
  • Application: The Leslie Age Distribution model
Orthogonality and Least Squares
  • Inner Product, Length and Orthogonality
  • Orthogonal Sets
  • Orthogonal Projections
  • The Gram-Schmidt Process
  • Application: Least Squares Problems

Course Delivery

  •  Lecture: synchronous- lectures will be held at fixed times, on-line
  •  Midterm(s): synchronous; date: TBA
  •  Final exam: synchronous; date: TBA


  • Homework / Quizzes 10%
  • Hand-In Proofs 10%
  • Midterm 1 15%
  • Midterm 2 15%
  • Final Exam 50%


  • Access to strong and reliable internet.
  • Ability to scan documents (phone app acceptable)
  • Access to webcam and microphone (embedded in computer sufficient)



Linear Algebra and Its Applications
Lay, Steven R.; Lay, David C.; McDonald, Judith; McDonald, Judi J.
Pearson Education
ISBN: 9780321982384

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Teaching at SFU in fall 2020 will be conducted primarily through remote methods. There will be in-person course components in a few exceptional cases where this is fundamental to the educational goals of the course. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

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