You have asked yourselves this before, and now you do it again:
How do I prepare for the exam in the best way possible?
The answer is:
Read the book and do exercises (mainly the old exams). Afterwards, do more exercises (old exams) and finally: do even more of the exercises (possibly old exam questions)!
To help you study for the exam teaching assistants will be present some of the days before the exam. Exact time and location is given below.
The format is basically like a usual exercise session:
You work on exercises (individually or in small groups) in the given rooms and the teaching assistants are there to help you.
They have been told to mainly prepare the problem sets from the latest exams, but they are happy to help with general questions and old exercises from class as well.
IMPORTANT:The assistants do not provide full answers to problems/exercises! They assist you when you have specific questions you some part of an exercises.
It is highly recommended to work on the problems before coming to this exam preparation so you know which parts are difficult for you.
The teaching assistants are present
- Tuesday 16 August 9-12 in room A309 and A314 at Strandvejen.
- Wednesday 17 August 9-12 in room A223 and A414 at Strandvejen.
- Thursday 18 August 9-12 in room A309 and A314 at Strandvejen.
Here, Ulla Tradsborg has a Q&A session Wednesday 17 August at 15:00-17:30 in room B,204.
- [Geil] Olav Geil, "Elementary Linear Algebra". Pearson, 2015. ISBN: 978-1-78448-372-2.
The use of Matlab is an integral part of the four sessions without lectures (mini-projects) and, up to some extent, in other sessions as well. Students can freely download Matlab via the ICT link at http://www.tnb.aau.dk/. One can find more information in the MATLAB center (including a video showing how to install it).
The course is evaluated through a four hour written exam without the use of any electronic device. One may bring any kind of notes and books.
Manual for the exercises:
- Exercises are structured according to content.
- First, do the exercises that are bold. Then do the rest.
- In general, each student is responsible for doing enough
exercises to aquire basic skills and routine. Some students need
many exercises to get this, others fewer.
- Skills from one session will often be a prerequisite for the next
sessions. Hence, it is very important to keep up and master the
skills. Otherwise, one may have to spend a lot of time during
a later session practising skills which should have been routine
- Not only aquiring basic skills, but also understanding the text is
important. hence, the exercises testing understanding should be
taken seriously. At the exam, there are multiple choice exercises
along the lines of the True/False exercises in the textbook.
These exercises count for 30
of the points.
- Topic: Introduction to vectors and matrices.
- Section 1.1 Matrices and vectors
- Addition og multiplication by a scalar. 1,3,7.
- Transposition. 5,11,9.
- Is it possible to add two matrices: 19, 21,
- Test your understanding of matrices and vectors:
37-39, 41,42, 44-56.
- Section 6.1. Scalarproduct and Orthogonality.
- Calculate norm of and distance between vectors 1, 7.
- Are two vectors orthogonal: 9, 15
- Section 1.2
- Matrix-vector product: 1,3,5,7 9,11,15. Hint:
- Express a vector as a linear combination of a set of
vectors.: 29, 33, 31, 35, 39
- Test your understanding of linear combinations.
- Section 1.1
- Determine rows and columns in a matrix 29, 31
- Symmetric matrices 71, 72, 75.
- Skew matrices 79, 80, 81
- Topic: Matrix-vector product and systems of linear equations
- Section 1.2.
rotation matrices. 17, 19
- Test your understanding of matrix-vector products.
- Section 1.3.
- Write the coeﬃcient matrix and the augmented
matrix of a linear system: 1,3,5.
- Rowoperations: 7,9,11
- Decide if a vector is a solution to a system of linear
equations. 23, 25.
- Decide from the reduced echelon form, if a system of
linear equations is consistent. If so, ﬁnd the general
solution. 39, 43, 41.
- As above, but furthermore write the genral solution
in vector form. 47, 49.
- Test your understanding of Systems of linear
equations and their matrices. 57-76
- Topic: Gauss-elimination. Span.
- Section 1.4:
- Decide, if a linear system is consisten. If so, ﬁnd the
general solution. 1,5,9,3,7,11
- Determine rank and nullity of a matrix. 37, 35.
- Test your understanding of Gauss-elimination: 53-72.
- Section 1.6.
in Span( )?.
A coordinate in
is unknown. 17, 19
consistent for all ?
- Test your understanding of span. 45-64.
- About the connection between Span()
and the span of a linearcombination of .
71, 72. Consequences for row-operations: 77, 78.
- Section 1.4:
- Systems of equations where a coeﬃcient
is unknown. For which values of
is the system inconsistent. 17, 19,21
- Topic: Linear independence.
- Section 1.7.
- Determine, if a set of vectors is linearly dependent.
- Find a small subset of ,
with the same span as .13,
- Determine, if a set of vectors is linearly independent.
- Test your understanding of linear (in)dependence 1.7
- Given a set of vectors, one of which has an unknown
For which values of ,
if any, is the set linearly dependent. 41.
- Miniproject 1. Solve systems of linear equations using
- Topic: Linear transformations and matrices.
- Section 2.7.
is induced by a matirx. Find
- Find the image of a vector under a linear
transformation induced by a matrix. 7, 11
- From the rule for ,
such that .
- Find the standard matrix of a linear transformation.
25, 27, 29,31, 33
- Test your understanding of linear transformations
and their matrix representations. 35-54.
- Section 2.8.
- Find a generating set for the range. 1,3
- Are the following maps surjective (onto), injective
is the CPR-number for .
- 61, 65.
- Determine by ﬁnding a spanning set of the null
space, wheter a transformation is injective. 13,
- Determine by ﬁnding the standard matrix, whether a
linear transformation is injective. 25, 29, surjective. 33,
- Test your understanding of section 2.8 (till p. 185).
- Section 2.7.
er linear and
is known, what is .
- Determine, if
is linear. 77, 73, 79
- Topic: Matrix multiplication, composition of linear transformations.
- Section 2.1.
- If the product of two matrices is deﬁned, ﬁnd the size,
of the product. 1,3
- Calculate matrix products. 5,9,11,7. Calculate a
given entrance in a product matrix. 25
- Test your understanding of the matrix product.
- Section 2.8.
- Find a rule for
from rules for
69. Find standard matrices for ,
- Test your understanding of section 2.8 - composition
of linear transformations and their matrices. 56-58.
- MatLab: Section 2.1 opg. 53
- Topic: Invertible matrices and invertible linear transformations.
- Section 2.3.
- determine whether .
Find the inverse of combinations of
- Elementary matrices. Find inverses. 17, 19. Givet
ﬁnd elementary matrices ,
such that .
- Section 2.4. Is a given matrix invertible? If so, ﬁnd the inverse.
1, 3, 5, 9, 13
- Section 2.8 The connection between invertible matrices and
invertible linear transformations. 59,60.
- Section 2.4.
- Rowreduction to calculate .
- Test your understanding of Section 2.4. 35-54.
- Solve a system of linear equations by inverting the
coeﬃcient matrix. 57.
- Rowreduction to determine reduced row echelon form
- Section 2.3
- The column correspondence property. 67.
- Write a column as a linear combination of the pivot
- MatLab. Section 2.8. Find the standard matrix for a
linear transformations calculate the invers (MatLab)
Use this to ﬁnd a rule for the inverse transformation.
- Topic: Determinants.
- Section 3.1
- Determinant of a
matrix. 1, 3, 7. Do the calculation using the formula
on p. 200.
- Determinant of a
matrix using cofactors. 13, 15
- Calculate determinants - choose your preferred
method. 21, 23.
- Determinant of
matrices and area. 29
- Determinant and invertibility. 37.
- Test your understanding of determinants and
- Section 3.2
- Calculate determinants- develop after a given column
- Calculate determinants using row-operations . 13, 15,
- Test your understanding of the properties of
- Section 3.1 Prove that
- Section 3.2 Prove that
is invertible. 71
- Miniproject 2: (0-1) matrices, Kirchoﬀ’s laws
- Topic: Subspaces, basis for subspaces.
- Section 4.1
- Find a generating set for a subspace. 1, 5, 9.
- Is a vector in the null space of a given matrix. 11, 15
- Is a vector in the column space of a given matrix.
- Find a generating set for the null space of a matrix.
- Test your understanding of subspace, nullspace,
column space. 43-62.
- Prove that a set is not a subspace. 81,
- Prove that a set is a subspace. 89
- The null space of a linear transformation is a
- Section 4.2.
- Find a basis for the null space and column space of
a matrix. 1, 3, 5.
- Find a basis for the null space and range of a linear
- Section 4.1 Find a generating set for the column space of a
matrix. With a prescribed number of elements. 67,69
- Topic: Dimension, Rank and nullity.
- Section 4.2
- Find a basis for the range and null space of a linear
transformation. 9, 11, 13 15
- Find a basis for a subspace 17, 19, 23
- Test your understanding of Basis and dimension.
- Section 4.3.
- Find the dimension of the column space,
null space and row space of a matrix
and the null space of
is on reduced echelon form. 1, 3.
- In general. 7.
- Find the dimension of a subspace. 15
- Find en basis for rækkerum. 17, 19.
- Test your understanding of dimension of subspaces
connected to matrices. 41-60.
- Prove that a given set is a basis for a given subspace. 61,
- Section 4.2
- Explain why a set is not generating. 55
- Explain why a set is not linearly independent. 57.
- Topic: Coordinatesystems.
- Section 4.4.
as a linear combination of ,
what is ?
15, 17, 19
- Write a vector as a linear combination of a set of
vectors. 25, 27
- Test your understanding of coordinate systems. 31-50
- What is the connection between the matrix
and the matrix whose columns are the vectors in
- A basis
for the plane is constructed by rotating the standard
basis. What is the connection between
55, 67, 75
- Equations for cone sections before and after change
of basis. 79
- What does it imply, that there is a vector ,
- Topic: Linear transformations and coordinate systems.
- Section 4.5
- Find the matrix for
- Find the standard matrix for
- Test your understanding of matrixrepresentations of
linear transformations 20-23, 25-38
- Find ,
the standardmatrix for
and a rule for
for all .
47, 49, 51
as a linearcombination of .
Then ﬁnd ,
is a linearcombination of .
39, 55 43,59
- Topic: Eigenvectors og og eigenvalues. 5.1 and 5.2 till p.
- Section 5.1
- Show that a vector is an eigenvector. 3, 7
- Show that a scalar is an eigenvalue. 13, 21
- Test your understanding of eigenvalues and
eigenvectors. 41-56, 57-60
- Section 5.2
- Find eigenvalues and a basis for the associated
- For a matrix - given the characteristic
polynomial 1, 11
- For a matrix. 15, 19
- For a linear transformation - given the
characteristic polynomial. 31
- For a linear transformation. 37
- Does a
matrix have any (reat) eigenvalues? 41
- Test your understanding of characteristic polynomial,
multiplicity of eigenvalues. 53-59, 61,63-65, 69-72.
- Connection between eigenspaces for
- Connection between eigenvalues (and egenvectors?) for
- Topic: Diagonalization. 5.3
- Section 5.3
- Given a matrix
and the characteristic polynomial. Find
and a diagonalmatrix ,
or explain why
is not diagonalizable. 1, 3, 5,7,9
- As above, but the characteristic polynomial is not
given. 13, 15 17
- Test your understanding of diagonalization of
matrices. 29-37, 39-43, 45,46
- Determine from the eigenvalues and their multiplicity
is diagonalizable. 49, 51
- Given eigenvalues and a basis for the eigenspaces,
- Given a matrix and the characteristic polynomial.
One entrance is an unkonown. For which values is
the matrix not diagonalizable. 63
- Section 5.5. These exercises are connected to miniproject
- Find the general solution to a system of diﬀerential
- Miniproject 3: Systems of diﬀ. eq.’s, 5.5
- Topic: Ortogonality, Gram Schmidt, QR-faktorization.
- Section 5.5. These exercises are related to miniproject 3.
- Test your understanding of systems of linear
diﬀerential equations. 8-11
- In exercise 45, ﬁnd the solution satisfying
- Section 6.1 (refresh your memory)
- Test your understanding of the inner product and
orthogonality. 61-70, 73-80
- Section 6.2
- Determine whether a set of vectors is orthogonal. 1,
- Apply Gram-Schmidt. 9,11, 13,15
- Solve systems of equations using -faktorization.
33, 35, 37,39 OBS: Show that the solutions you found
are solutions to .
(An extra challenge: Why is this necessary.)
- Test your understanding of Gram-Schmidt and -faktorization.
- Topic: Ortogonale projektioner. 6.3
- Section 6.1 (refresh your memory) Projection on a line. 43,
- Section 6.3
- Find a basis for the orthogonal complement. 1, 3, 5
- write a vector
as a sum ,
- As above. Moreover, ﬁnd the matrix
for orthogonal projection on ,
ﬁnd the distance to .
17,19,21 Hint to 21: Warning - the columns of
are not linearly independent.
- Test your understanding of orthogonal projection og
orthogonal complement. 33-56.
- What is the orthogonal complement to the
orthogonal complement? 63
- What is
given an orthonormal basis for .
- Topic: Orthogonal matrices. Orthogonal transformations in the
plane. 6.5 till p. 419
- Miniproject 4: Least squares, 6.4
- Topic: Rigid motion. 6.5 p.419-421.
Overview of the course.
Suggestion: Use the problems from one of the exams as a point of
departure and explain in broad terms what to do in each of the
- Section 6.5
- Determine the matrix and vector of a rigid motion. 61, 62, 63, 64
- Old exams.
Note: new structure in the organisation of the exam. Relevant from spring 2016
- Test set (2015 autumn)
- Test sets
- 2015 autumn
- [Geil] Olav Geil, "Elementary Linear Algebra". Pearson, 2015. ISBN: 978-1-78448-372-2:
- Section 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.6, 1.7
- Section 2.1, 2.3, 2.4, 2.7, 2.8
- Section 3.1, 3.2 to page 217 l.9
- Section 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5
- Section 5.1, 5.2 to page 307 bottom, 5.3
- Orthogonality: Section 6.1 to page 366, 6.2, 6.3, 6.5.
- Appendix D
- Miniprojects 1-4
Do you have a hard time understanding linear algebra and/or calculus at the first study year, and are you determined to do something about it?
Then the new Math cafe is just the right thing for you.
It is held throughout the semester at all three campuses (specific times and places are listed below).
It is an extra possibility for getting help with maths. A teaching assistant is available to help you with exercises from the last few lectures.
The teaching assistants are preparing to help with the material from the last few lectures, and they might not be able to help with all your math questions, but feel free to ask.
This is a new initiative and its success is partly measured by the amount of students coming to the math cafe. If there is a great interest in this initiative we will schedule more than the ones planed now.
Note: This is an extra curricular activity, so it is NOT a valid excuse for not participating in other course activities or project work.
Alternates between Friday 14:15-16:15 and Wednesday 16:15-18:15.
Current scheduled dates (will be updated throughout the semester):
- Friday 5/2-16 14:15-16:15 in room A414 and A416.
- Wednesday 10/2-16 16:15-18:15 in room A413.
- Friday 19/2-16 14:15-16:15 in room A416 and A413.
- Wednesday 24/2-16 16:15-18:15 in room A414 and A416.
- Friday 4/3-16 14:15-16:15 in room A416.
- Wednesday 9/3-16 16:15-18:15 in room A416.
- Friday 18/3-16 14:15-16:15 in room A416.
- Wednesday 6/4-16 16:15-18:15 in room A413.
- Wednesday 20/4-16 16:15-18:15 in room A413.
- Wednesday 4/5-16 16:15-18:15 in room A413.
- Wednesday 18/5-16 16:15-18:15 in room A413.
Approximately every other week. Starts out Thursday afternoon.
Scheduled dates so far (will be updated throughout the semester):
- Thursday 11/2-16 12:30-14:30 in room A134.
- Thursday 3/3-16 12:30-14:30 in room A134.
- Thursday 17/3-16 12:30-14:30 in room A134.
- Thursday 14/4-16 12:30-14:30 in room A134.
- Thursday 19/5-16 12:30-14:30 in room A134.
Approximately every other Friday afternoon.
Scheduled dates so far (will be updated throughout the semester):
- Friday 19/2-16 14:00-16:00 in room 0.108, Fkj. 10A.
- Friday 4/3-16 14:00-16:00 in room 0.108, Fkj. 10A.
- Friday 18/3-16 14:00-16:00 in room 0.108, Fkj. 10A.
- Friday 15/4-16 14:00-16:00 in room 0.108, Fkj. 10A.
- Friday 13/5-16 14:00-16:00 in room 0.108, Fkj. 10A.