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MA422A: Advanced Linear Algebra (Fall 2018)

Calendar Description

Determinants; Cayley-Hamilton theorem; bilinear forms; adjoint, self-adjoint, and normal linear operators; the spectral theorem for normal operators; orthogonal and Hermitian operators; the Jordan canonical form of matrices and linear operators.






Ping Zhang (DPhil)
Office location: LH3065 (Lazaridis Hall)
Office hours: Tuesday 1 p.m. - 2 p.m., Wednesday noon - 1 p.m., Thursday 4 p.m. - 5 p.m., or by appointment.
E: pzhang@wlu.ca
Telephone: x4902


Tuesday and Thursday 2:30 p.m. - 3:50 p.m. in P119 (Peters Building)


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


Materials related to this course and the full course outline will be posted on the MA422 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:

  • Assignments: 20%
  • Midterm Test (Saturday, Oct. 27, 9:30 a.m. - 10:50 a.m., LH1009): 30%
  • Final Exam (2.5 hours; exact date, time and location to be announced): 50%

Students must achieve a score of at least 40% of the marks available on the final examination to be eligible to pass the course. 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 MA422 and is provided for the convenience of students.