Linear Algebra and Differential Equations

Queensland University of Technology

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Linear Algebra and Differential Equations

  • Host University

    Queensland University of Technology

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    This unit introduces you to university level linear algebra and ordinary differential equations. Linear algebra, assumed knowledge for this unit, is extended with you investigating non-square linear systems of equations and the Eigenvalue problem. Differential equations, also assumed knowledge for the unit, are investigated in more detail including exposure to second order equations. This unit builds fundamental skills for you to transition to second year units and the Majors of the Bachelor of Mathematics, including applications of interest in each major area of study.

    Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this unit you should be able to: 

    1. Competently communicate elementary mathematical arguments and results, both orally and in written form.
    2. Recognise, interpret and solve problems using linear systems, vectors and differential equations. 
    3. Demonstrate your ability to reduce complex problems to smaller elements and mathematical models.
    4. Work effectively as a member of a group to resolve mathematical problems.


    The mathematical content in this unit includes:
    Matrix methods, with a focus upon the solution of large systems of linear equations, including the interpretation of system stability on the basis of eigenvalues of the coefficient matrix.
    Various classes of differential equations will be discussed and appropriate solution methods described. Differential equations that may be classified as 1st order linear or non-linear, and 2nd order linear with constant coefficients will be the principal focus here. The use of Taylor and Fourier series for approximating functions, as well as advanced techniques such as solution by Laplace Transforms may be introduced.

    Where appropriate relevant mathematical software and technologies will be introduced to support and illustrate concepts covered in the content of this unit.

    Strategies for working in groups to solve relevant problems will also be explored to prepare you for the peer review assessment activity. The standards for presentation and communication (both oral and written) of mathematical and statistical information will be discussed and demonstrated by example.

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