MATH2040B - Linear Algebra II - 2018/19

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  • Lectures on Oct 23 (Tue), Oct 25 (Thu), Oct 30 (Tue) and Nov 1 (Thu) will be cancelled.
  • Makeup lectures will be held on Oct 13 (Sat) and Nov 3 (Sat), both at LSB LT2 during 9:30am - 12:15pm.
  • Reminder: Midterm 1 will be held on Oct 8 (Mon) at 7:30pm in LSB LT1. Materials up to Chapter 1 (or Lecture 3) and HW 3 will be covered.
  • Reminder: A makeup lecture will be held on Oct 13 (Sat) at LSB LT2 during 9:30pm - 12:15pm.
  • Reminder: Lectures on Oct 23 (Tue), Oct 25 (Thu), Oct 30 (Tue) and Nov 1 (Thu) will be cancelled, and a makeup lecture will be held on Nov 3 (Sat) at LSB LT2 during 9:30am - 12:15pm.
  • Reminder: Midterm 2 will be held on Nov 12 (Mon) at 7:30pm in LSB LT1. Materials up to Section 5.1 (or Lecture 7) and HW 7 will be covered.
  • The Final Exam will be held on Dec 10 (Mon) at 9:30am at the Multi-purpose Hall, Pommerenke Student Centre. Materials up to Section 6.5 (or Lecture 11) and HW 12 will be covered.

General Information


  • CHAN Kwok Wai
    • Office: LSB 212
    • Tel: 3943 7976
    • Email:

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: Tue 10:30am - 12:15pm at SC L5; Thu 4:30pm - 5:15pm at MMW 710
  • Tutorial: Thu 5:30pm - 6:15pm at MMW 710

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, 4th edition, Pearson.


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

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Assessment Scheme

Homework 10%
Midterm 1 (Oct 8, 7:30pm at LSB LT1) 20%
Midterm 2 (Nov 12, 7:30pm at LSB LT1) 20%
Final (Dec 10, 9:30am at Multi-purpose Hall, Pommerenke Student Centre) 50%

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