MATH2040B - Linear Algebra II - 2022/23

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  • Welcome to the course! No tutorial in the first week. Here is the course outline: [Download file]
  • Please submit your Homework via Blackboard .
  • Midterm 1 will take place during lecture time (1:30-2:15pm) on February 22. This is a close-book exam covering the first 2 chapters of the textbook; you should also consult Week 1-5 of the Lecture notes.
  • Midterm 2 will take place during lecture time (1:30-2:15pm) on March 29. This is a close-book exam covering the first 5 chapters of the textbook (with an emphasis on Section 5.1 and 5.2). Calculator is not permitted/needed.

General Information


  • Prof. Zhongtao WU
    • Office: LSB 216
    • Tel: 3943-8578
    • Email:

Teaching Assistant

  • Mr. Kam Fai CHAN
    • Office: LSB 232
    • Tel: 3943-5294
    • Email:
  • Mr. Haiyu CHEN
    • Office: AB1 614
    • Tel: 3943-4109
    • Email:

Time and Venue

  • Lecture: Mo 11:30AM - 1:15PM; We 1:30PM - 2:15PM, Y.C. Liang Hall 103
  • Tutorial: Mo 1:30PM - 2:15PM; We 12:30PM - 1:15PM, Y.C. Liang Hall 103

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

Lecture Notes

Tutorial Notes


Quizzes and Exams


Assessment Scheme

Homework  10%
Midterm 1 (February 22) 20%
Midterm 2 (March 29) 20%
Final Exam  50%

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