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HF1904 Linear Algebra 5.0 credits

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Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

  • Euler´s and de Moivre´s theorems. Binomial equations. Algebraic equations.
  • Systems of linear equations.  Gauss elimination method.
  • Vectors. Linear independent vectors.
  • Dot product, vector cross product, scalar triple product.
  • Equations of lines in 3D. Equations of planes in 3D.
  • Determinant.
  • Matrices, matrix operations. Matrix equations.
  • Eigenvalues, eigenvectors.
  • The method of least squares. 
  • Complex numbers: The complex plane. Modulus and argument. Polar, rectangular and exponential form.

Intended learning outcomes

After completing the course, students should for a passing grade be able to:

  • Define and interpret the fundamental concepts of linear algebra and calculus: vector,
     dot product, cross product, triple product, line, plane, matrix, determinant, limit, continuity, derivative, integral. 
  • Do calculations with complex numbers  in polar, rectangular and exponential form
  • Solve and geometrically interpret systems of linear equations.
  • Use vector algebra to evaluate projections, distance, areas and volumes.
  • Find eigenvalues and eigenvectors.
  • Apply the method of least squares in data fitting.
  • Set up simple mathematical models where the fundamental concepts in linear algebra are used.
  • Use suitable software (Maple or Matlab) for symbolic as well as numerical solving mathematical   problems and applications.

 For higher grades, the student in addition should be able to:

  • Derive important relations in linear algebra.
  • Generalize and adapt the methods to use in somewhat new contexts.
  • Solve problems that require synthesis of material and ideas from all over the course.

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Basic and specific requirements for bachelor's program in engineering.

Recommended prerequisites

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Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • TEN1 - Examination, 5.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

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Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course web

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Offered by

ABE/Constructional Engineering and Design

Main field of study


Education cycle

First cycle

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