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MT2501 Linear Mathematics

SCOTCAT credits:15
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 8
Planned timetable:12.00 noon Mon (odd weeks), Wed and Fri [Semester 1]; 11.00 am on Mon (even weeks), Tue and Thu [Semester 2]

This module extends the knowledge and skills that students have gained concerning matrices and systems of linear equations. It introduces the basic theory of vector spaces, linear independence, linear transformations and diagonalization. These concepts are used throughout the mathematical sciences and physics. It is recommended that students in the Faculties of Arts and Divinity take an even number of the 15-credit 2000-level MT modules.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Compulsory for all programmes in the School of Mathematics & Statistics. Compulsory for all programmes in the School of Physics & Astronomy. Compulsory for all single and joint BSc Management Science degree programmes.

UG Pre-requisite(s):MT1002, or A at Advanced Higher Mathematics, or A at A-level Further Mathematics, or A at both A-level Mathematics and A-level Physics
UG Anti-requisite(s):MT2001
UG Modules required for:MT3501, MT3802, MT3832, MT4515, MT4517

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:2.5-hours lectures (x 10 weeks), 1 tutorial (x 4 weeks), 1 examples class (x 6 week)
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 35
  • Guided independent study: 115

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 85%
  • Practical examinations: 0%
  • Coursework: 15%
UG As used by St Andrews:2-hour Written Examination = 70%, Coursework (including class test) = 30%
UG Re-assessment:2-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module coordinator:Dr A L Wilmot-Smith
Module teaching staff:Dr A L Wilmot-Smith, Dr S Huczynska