MATH1002 Linear Algebra

General Information

MATH1002 is a Junior (or first-year) unit forming part of the Normal Mathematics stream.

You may also view the description of MATH1002 in the University's course search database.

Information sheet for MATH1002

All students should read the information sheet. The information includes (for example) details of the assessment procedure, including dates of assessment tasks.

Answers to frequently asked questions

See the main junior mathematics page for information relating to all junior mathematics units, and see in particular the Junior Maths FAQ page.


The textbook is "A First Course in Linear Algebra" by David Easdown. Any of the three editions can be used (there are only a few changes between editions). A list of errata for the first edition can be found here:

Online Resources

Class representatives

Jessica Wu, Minglan Sally Sheng, Edwin Ho, Hillary Pan, Charlotte Brady, Vincent Tsang, Matthew Stephens, Zhu Hai Ming, Oliver Creighton and Nav Not have volunteered to be your class representatives. They will meet shortly with the Head of School or the Director of First Year. We would like to know what you like about the unit and where things can be improved. If you have any issues you would like discussed, please email your representatives and let them know your views.


The following consultations are provided to all students, no appointment required.

Dr Crossman: Weeks 2--13, 12--1 pm on Mondays, in Carslaw 527.

Dr Crossman: Weeks 8--13, 9--10 am on Tuesdays, in Carslaw 527.

Mr Crisp: Weeks 2--13, 9--10 am on Tuesdays, in Carslaw 707A.

Dr Fish: Weeks 2--7, from 2--3 pm on Tuesdays, in Carslaw 712.

Dr Viera : Weeks 2--6, 1--2 pm on Thursdays, in Carslaw 527.

Dr Viera : Weeks 7--13, 10--11 am on Wednesdays, in Carslaw 527.

Dr Kim : Weeks 9, 12--13, 9-10 am on Mondays, in Carslaw 621.

You could also find Duty Tutors for help, Weeks 2--13.


A First Course in Linear Algebra, by David Easdown. Available from the Co-op Bookshop.

It is also available online etext .


IMPORTANT: Students are expected to download and print exercise sheets themselves and bring them to tutorials.

Quiz 1

Quiz 1 was held in your designated tutorial in the week beginning 13 April (Week 6). You can check your mark below. It will cover all material from the first 4 tutorial Sheets (labelled Week 2, Week 3, Week 4 and Week 5). This material is covered in Chapters 1 to 4 of the text. The sample quiz is now available - please attempt all questions and read the front page carefully.

Quiz 2

Quiz 2 was held in your designated tutorial in the week beginning 18 May (Week 11). It covered material from the fifth through eighth tutorial sheets (labelled Week 7, Week 8, Week 9 and Week 10). This material is covered in Chapters 5 to 9 of the text (note that section 9.6 is not relevant to MATH1002). The sample quiz is now available - please attempt all questions and read the front page carefully.


Here is the assignment question sheet and the solutions.


The lecturers will be available for exam consultations during the study vacation. You may attend as many as you wish, including the consultations held by the lecturers of other streams.

  • Tuesday 9/6 - 10am-1pm - Carslaw 707A - Dr Bob Crossman
  • Tuesday 9/6 - 2pm-4pm - Carslaw 712 - Dr Alexander Fish
  • Wednesday 10/6 - 930am-1230pm - Carslaw 829 - Dr Fernando Viera
  • Thursday 11/6 - 10am-12noon - Carslaw 712 - Dr Alexander Fish
  • Thursday 11/6 - 12pm-2pm - Carslaw 707A - Andrew Crisp
  • Friday 12/6 - 930am-1230pm - Carslaw 707A - Dr Bob Crossman
  • Friday 12/6 - 1pm-3pm - Carslaw 707A - Andrew Crisp
  • Monday 15/6 - 930am-1230pm - Carslaw 707A - Dr Fernando Viera
  • Past exam papers are a useful tool for revision. Links to recent exams and their solutions appear below.

    The following sections of the textbook are not part of the MATH1002 course and should be exempt from your study: 9.6, 10.4, 11.3, 12.2, 12.3

    You can view the front page of the examination here.

    Approved calculators are allowed in the exam; see the Examinations Office web site.

    Earlier exam papers are available via the library link below, though they may contain material that is no longer part of the course.

    Lecture notes

    Lecture notes for the 8am stream will be uploaded before lectures begin.

    Lecture Notes by Alexander Fish (11am stream) are here.

    Lecture Notes by Peter Kim (11am stream) are here.

    Lecture notes by Fernando Viera (11am stream).

    Check your marks

    Please check that your mark for Quiz 1, Assignment and Quiz 2 have been recorded correctly by entering your 9 digit SID into the box below and then pressing the "Check marks" button.


    Please note that any corrections to Quiz 1 marks must be made by Friday, May 8 May 2015.
    Please note that any corrections to Assignment marks must be made by Friday 5 June 2015.
    Please note that any corrections to Quiz 2 marks must be made by Wednesday 17 June 2015.

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