MATH2040A - Linear Algebra II - 2018/19

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  • Aug 28: Welcome to the course web. Here is the outline of the course: [Download file]
  • Aug 29: No tutorial class in the first week; Classes (from 08:30 to 13:15) on Sept 3rd has been suspended due to the Inauguration Ceremony for Undergraduates that morning.
  • Sept 27: Reminder: Midterm 1 will be held on Oct 8 (Mon) at 7:30pm in LSB LT1. Materials up to Chapter 1 and HW 3 will be covered.
  • Oct 3: Two make-up lectures have been fixed in today's class. One is on Oct 5 (Friday), 6:30pm-9:00pm (Venue=LSB LT3), and the other is on Oct 13 (Saturday), 9:30am-11:30am (Venue=LSB C1)
  • Oct 31: Midterm Two will be held on Nov 12 (Mon) at 7:30pm in LSB LT1. Covers are up to Topic 10 (Eigenvalue&eigenvector) and Homework 7.

General Information


  • DUAN Renjun
    • Office: LSB 206
    • Tel: 3943 7977
    • Email:
    • Office Hours: 9:00AM-10:15AM every Monday or by appointment

Teaching Assistant

  • CHEUNG Hang
    • Office: LSB 222A
    • Tel: 3943 3575
    • Email:
  • WONG Siu Fung
    • Office: AB1 407A
    • Tel: 3943 3721
    • Email:
  • YAU Yu Tung
    • Office: AB1 505
    • Tel: 3943 4298
    • Email:

Time and Venue

  • Lecture: Mon 10:30am - 12:15pm at LHC 106 and Wed 1:30pm - 2:15pm at ICS L1 (LHC=Y.C. Liang Hall, ICS=Institute of Chinese Studies)
  • Tutorial: Wed 12:30pm - 1:15pm at ICS L1

Course Description

This course is a continuation of Linear Algebra I (MATH 1030). It is a second course on linear algebra and will cover basic concepts of abstract vector spaces, linear transformations, eigenvalues and eigenvectors, diagonalizability, operators on inner product spaces, orthogonality and Gram-Schmidt process, adjoint, normal and self-adjoint operators, spectral theorems, and if time permits, quadratic forms and Jordan canonical forms. More emphasis will be put on the theoretical understanding of basic concepts in linear algebra.


  • Friedberg, Insel and Spence, Linear algebra, Pearson (4th edition)


  • Axler, Linear Algebra Done Right, 3rd edition, Springer.

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