MATH2040C - Linear Algebra II - 2017/18

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  • (9/1) Welcome to MATH2040C!
  • (17/1) HW1 has been posted. It will be due on Jan 29.
  • (27/1) HW2 has been posted. It will be due on Feb 9.
  • (8/2) Midterm 1 will be held in LSB LT5 at 9:10-10:10am next Tuesday (Feb 13). It covers sections 1.A.- 3.B. of the textbook (Lecture notes of week 1-4 and part of week 5).
  • (14/2) HW3 has been posted. It will be due on Mar 5.
  • (7/3) HW4 has been posted. It will be due on Mar 19.
  • (21/3) Midterm 2 will be held in LSB LT5 at 9:05-10:05am next Tuesday (Mar 27). It covers sections 3.C.- 3.D. 5.A.- 6.B. of the textbook. Background knowledge on Sections 1.A. to 3.B. will be assumed. (Lecture notes of week 1-9 with focus on week 5-9).
  • (24/3) HW5 has been posted. It will be due on Apr 9.
  • (7/4) HW6 has been posted. It will be due on Apr 23.
  • (24/4) Final Exam will cover sections 1.A-3.D, 5.A-7.B of the textbook and Lecture Notes up to P6 of week 13.

General Information


  • CHENG, Man Chuen
    • Office: LSB 210
    • Tel: 3943 7985
    • Email:

Teaching Assistant

  • WONG, Siu Fung
    • Office: AB1 407A
    • Tel: 3943 3721
    • Email:
  • YUAN, Qian
    • Office: AB1 614
    • Tel: 3943 4109
    • Email:

Time and Venue

  • Lecture: Tuesday 8:30-10:15am, LSB LT5; Thursday 10:30-11:15am, LSB LT5
  • Tutorial: Tuesday 1:30-2:15pm, MMW 702; Thursday 11:30am-12:15pm, LSB LT5

Course Description

This is a continuation of MATH1030. Topics include: linear mapping and its matrix representation, eigenvalues and eigenvectors, diagonalization, inner product spaces, Gram-Schmidt orthogonalization, spectral theorems and, if time permitted, quadratic forms and Jordan canonical forms.


  • "Linear Algebra Done Right" (3rd ed.) by Sheldon Axler, Undergraduate Texts in Mathematics, Springer. (Available online via the CUHK library webpage)


  • "Linear Algebra (4th ed)" by S. Friedberg, A. Insel and L. Spence, Prentice Hall

Pre-class Notes

Lecture Notes

Tutorial Notes


Quizzes and Exams


Assessment Scheme

Assignment 10%
2 in-class midterms (Feb 13, Mar 27) 40%
Final Exam 50%

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