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MA222A: Linear Algebra (Fall 2018)

Calendar Description

Abstract vector spaces, bases and dimension; linear transformations, matrix of a linear transformation, kernel, range, dimension theorem; change of basis; inner product spaces; orthogonal bases; Gram-Schmidt orthogonalization process; brief review of polynomials; eigenvalues, eigenvectors and diagonalizability of a linear operator; quadratic forms, Sylvester's law of inertia.


Professor Kaiming Zhao (PhD)
Office location: LH3042 (Lazaridis Hall)
Telephone: x2444
Office hours: Tuesday and Thursday 11 a.m. - 11:59 a.m., or by appointment.
E: kzhao@wlu.ca


Tuesday and Thursday 1 p.m. - 2:20 p.m. in 1E1 (Arts Building)

Lab Coordinator

Andrew Kabbes
E: akabbes@wlu.ca
Office: LH3046 (Lazaridis Hall)
Telephone: x4519
Office hours: By appointment.


Linear Algebra, 4th Edition, by Friedberg, Insel and Spence, Prentice-Hall, 2003.


Students may only use the approved calculator, Casio FX-300MS Plus required on the midterm test and the final examination. It is available for purchase at the campus bookstore. No other calculator is allowed.


Materials related to this course and the full course outline will be posted on the MA222 MyLearningSpace website. You are responsible for checking here on a regular basis for important announcements.


A final mark out of 100 will be calculated as follows:

  • Labs: 20%
  • Midterm Exam (Monday, Oct. 29, 5:30 p.m. - 6:40 p.m. in the Theatre Auditorium): 30%
  • Final Exam (2 hours; exact date, time and location to be announced): 50%

The final mark will be reported as a letter grade in accordance with the conversion table of the current undergraduate calendar.

This document is a summary of the course outline for MA222 and is provided for the convenience of students.