MATH2040A - Linear Algebra II - 2022/23

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  • Aug 29: Welcome to the course. Here is the course outline [PDF]: [Download file]
  • Sep 5: In the 1st week Tutorial Lecture on Sep 8th Thursday has changed to Course Lecture. Thus, the course lecture on Sep 8th will start from 4:30pm and end at 6:15pm.
  • Sep 23: Be reminded that Test 1 will start at 1830 on October 12 Wed with duration 90 minutes (Venue: LSB LT6). It is a close-book test covering 6 topics from Topic 1 to Topic 6 (see the course review notes below).
  • Nov 4: Be reminded that Test 2 will start at 1830 on November 16th Wed with duration 90 minutes (Venue: LSB LT6). It is a close-book test covering 6 topics from Topic 7 to Topic 12 (see the course review notes below).

General Information


  • Prof Renjun DUAN
    • Office: LSB 206
    • Tel: 3943 7977
    • Email:

Teaching Assistant

  • Mr. Zongguang LI
    • Office: LSB 232
    • Tel: 3943 5294
    • Email:
  • Mr. Kam Fai CHAN
    • Office: LSB 232
    • Tel: 3943 5294
    • Email:

Time and Venue

  • Lecture: Tuesday 10:30-12:15 Yasumoto Int'l Acad Park LT2; Thursday 16:30-17:15 Lady Shaw Bldg LT3
  • Tutorial: Thursday 17:30-18:15 Lady Shaw Bldg LT3

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.

Pre-class Notes

Lecture Notes


Quizzes and Exams


Assessment Scheme

Homework (about ten times) 10%
Test 1 (Time and date: 1830-2000 Oct 12 Wed; Venue: LSB LT6) 20%
Test 2 (Time and date: 1830-2000 Nov 16 Wed; Venue: LSB LT6) 20%
Final (TBA by university) 50%

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Assessment Policy

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