MATH1030E - Linear Algebra I - 2014/15

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  • Final exam is on June 30th. There will be no make-up due to university rules.
  • Midterm exam is on June 4th. Subjects taught on June 2nd will not be tested in the exam. Make-up could be arranged case by case.
  • There are tutorials on the first week, i.e. May 12 for ET01 or May 14 for ET02.
  • Question Sets are not homeworks. You are not suppose to hand in the answers. They are some interesting questions for you to parctice. Enjoy!
  • There is a typo in question 7 of the Question Set 1. The new version is corrected.
  • There is no quiz on May 26, Tuesday
  • There will be no lectures and tutorials next week, i.e. there will be no class on June 2nd.
  • The midterm exams will be held on 9:30-12:00 June 4th at SC_L3, i.e. the usual lecture time and venue on Thusday. The exam is open book and calculator is allowed.
  • The Homework is also due on June 4th, please bring your homework to the exam for tutors to collect.
  • Due to technical reason, Quiz 3 is not given during the lecture. However, I still uploaded the questions, you can practice on these questions as part of your prepration for the midterm.
  • About the Midterm, 44 students had taken the midterm exam. The average mark is 77 and the median is 82.5. One can find the distribution of marks here ==> [Download file]
  • The makeup will be on 9:30am-11:00am (1.5 hours) 15th June, Monday, at Room 502A, Academic Building No. 1
  • There will be a Course Evaluation conducted by the math department around 10:45am Tuesday.
  • The Homework 2 is due on June 25th, Thursday. Please hand in your solutions on/before the lecture on Thusday. Solutions will be released after the last lecture, so it doesn't make sense to hand in after the deadline.
  • The final exam will be held on 9:30-12:00 June 30th at SC_L3, i.e. the usual lecture time and venue on Tuesday. The exam is closed book. One piece of double-sided cheat sheet of A4 size and calculator are not necessary but allowed.

General Information


  • Ma, Jiajun
    • Office: 408 Academic Building No.1, IMS
    • Tel: 39433719
    • Email:
    • Office Hours: Tuesday 2-4pm and Thursday 2-4pm

Teaching Assistant

  • Ng Wing Kit
    • Office: 232, LSB
    • Email:
  • Xu Ang
    • Office: 505, AB1
    • Email:

Time and Venue

  • Lecture: Tu 09:30AM-12:15PM SC_L3, 12 May - 30 June ; Th 09:30AM-12:15PM SC_L3, 14 May - 25 June
  • Tutorial: ET01 Tu 12:30PM-01:15PM SC_L3 12 May - 30 June; ET02 Th 12:30PM-01:15PM SC_L3, 14 May - 25 June

Course Description

This course is intended to provide conceptual understandings and computational techniques of linear algebra. Topics include: Gaussian elimination, theory of simultaneous linear equations, matrices, determinants, vectors spaces, bases and linear independence.


  • Linear Algebra with Applications by Steve Leon


  • Linear Algebra Done Right by Sheldon Axler
  • Linear Algebra by Stephen H. Friedberg and Arnold J. Insel

Pre-class Notes

Lecture Notes

Tutorial Notes


Quizzes and Exams

Assessment Scheme

Homework 5%
Quizzes (Open Book) 15%
Midterm  25%
Final Exam 55%

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Honesty in Academic Work

The Chinese University of Hong Kong places very high importance on honesty in academic work submitted by students, and adopts a policy of zero tolerance on cheating and plagiarism. Any related offence will lead to disciplinary action including termination of studies at the University. Although cases of cheating or plagiarism are rare at the University, everyone should make himself / herself familiar with the content of the following website:

and thereby help avoid any practice that would not be acceptable.

Last updated: June 23, 2015 12:59:48