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MT3501 Linear Mathematics 2

SCOTCAT credits:15
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 9
Planned timetable:12.00 noon Mon (even weeks), Tue and Thu

This module continues the study of vector spaces and linear transformations begun in MT2501. It aims to show the importance of linearity in many areas of mathematics ranging from linear algebra through to geometric applications to linear operators and special functions. The main topics covered include: diagonalisation and the minimum polynomial; Jordan normal form; inner product spaces; orthonormal sets and the Gram-Schmidt process; adjoint and self-adjoint operators.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Compulsory for all MMath programmes, BSc Statistics, BSc joint Honours Statistics programmes, MPhys Mathematics and Theoretical Physics and MPhys Theoretical Physics.

Optional for all other undergraduate programmes in the School of Mathematics & Statistics.

UG Pre-requisite(s):MT2001 or MT2501
UG Modules required for:MT4003, MT4111, MT4112, MT4501, MT4513, MT4519, MT4607, MT4608, MT4614, MT5827

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:2.5 lectures (weeks 1 - 10) and 1 tutorial (weeks 2 - 11).
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 35
  • Guided independent study: 115

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 90%
  • Practical examinations: 0%
  • Coursework: 10%
UG As used by St Andrews:2-hour Written Examination = 90%, Coursework = 10%
UG Re-assessment:2-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module coordinator:Dr J D Mitchell
Module teaching staff:Dr J D Mitchell, Dr L S Theran