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Linear Algebra - Foundations to Frontiers

Learn the mathematics behind linear algebra and link it to matrix software development.

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Starts Sep 27
Ends Dec 31
Estimated 15 weeks
6–10 hours per week
Self-paced
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Free
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About this course

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Linear Algebra: Foundations to Frontiers (LAFF) is packed full of challenging, rewarding material that is essential for mathematicians, engineers, scientists, and anyone working with large datasets. Students appreciate our unique approach to teaching linear algebra because:

  • It's visual.
  • It connects hand calculations, mathematical abstractions, and computer programming.
  • It illustrates the development of mathematical theory.
  • It's applicable.

In this course, you will learn all the standard topics that are taught in typical undergraduate linear algebra courses all over the world, but using our unique method, you'll also get more! LAFF was developed following the syllabus of an introductory linear algebra course at The University of Texas at Austin taught by Professor Robert van de Geijn, an expert on high performance linear algebra libraries. Through short videos, exercises, visualizations, and programming assignments, you will study Vector and Matrix Operations, Linear Transformations, Solving Systems of Equations, Vector Spaces, Linear Least-Squares, and Eigenvalues and Eigenvectors. In addition, you will get a glimpse of cutting edge research on the development of linear algebra libraries, which are used throughout computational science.

MATLAB licenses will be made available to the participants free of charge for the duration of the course.

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At a glance

  • Institution: UTAustinX
  • Subject: Computer Science
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Prerequisites:

    High School Algebra, Geometry, and Pre-Calculus.

  • Language: English
  • Video Transcript: English

What you'll learn

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  • Connections between linear transformations, matrices, and systems of linear equations
  • Partitioned matrices and characteristics of special matrices
  • Algorithms for matrix computations and solving systems of equations
  • Vector spaces, subspaces, and characterizations of linear independence
  • Orthogonality, linear least-squares, eigenvalues and eigenvectors

Week 0 Get ready, set, go!
Week 1 Vectors in Linear Algebra
Week 2 Linear Transformations and Matrices
Week 3 Matrix-Vector Operations
Week 4 From Matrix-Vector Multiplication to Matrix-Matrix Multiplication
Exam 1
Week 5
Matrix-Matrix Multiplication
Week 6 Gaussian Elimination
Week 7 More Gaussian Elimination and Matrix Inversion
Week 8 More on Matrix Inversion
Exam 2
Week 9 Vector Spaces
Week 10 Vector Spaces, Orthogonality, and Linear Least Squares
Week 11 Orthogonal Projection and Low Rank Approximation
Week 12 Eigenvalues and Eigenvectors
Final

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