Undergraduate Study

MATH1902 Linear Algebra (Advanced)

General Information

MATH1902 is a Junior (or first-year) unit forming part of the Advanced Mathematics stream.

  • Credit point value: 3CP.
  • Classes per week: Two lectures and one tutorial.
  • Lecturer(s) in 2019: Nathan Brownlowe
  • Email contact address:

    Students: please check if your question can be answered by referring to the FAQ page before emailing us. If you decide to email us please include your name and SID.

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Self-assessment test

Note that all students considering enrolling in Advanced Level units are strongly encouraged to try the online self-assessment test.

You may also view the description of MATH1902 in the University's course search database.

Information sheet for MATH1902

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.

Consultation Hours

Nathan Brownlowe's consultation will be at 12:00–13:00 Tuesdays (Weeks 7–13) in Carslaw 532.


Please familiarise yourself with the MATH1902 Canvas site, as you will need to visit it to submit your assignments, check your marks, and view lecture recordings. You will also gain access to the MATH1902 Ed discussion forum by clicking one of the Ed links on the Canvas site.

Online Quizzes

There are 12 weekly online quizzes, which will be run on WeBWorK. Each of these quizzes will open at 00:00 on Wednesday of each week (starting in Week 1), and will end at 23:59 on Tuesday of the following week. (So, for instance, the Week 1 quiz will open at 00:00 on Wednesday 27 February, and will end at 23:59 on Tuesday 5 March.)

Each online quiz consists of a set of randomised questions. Each week you will have a Practice Quiz and the main Quiz. You are allowed an unlimited number of attempts for each Practice Quiz, and the marks for the Practice Quiz do not count. You are allowed four attempts at the main Quiz, and your best mark will count towards your assessment. You will have one hour to complete any version of a Quiz once you have started it. Note that if you start a quiz within one hour of the closing time, you will only get the remaining time to complete it (not the full hour). You will be told which questions you got correct and incorrect for each Practice Quiz, but you will not be told which questions you got correct or incorrect for each main Quiz. After the deadline, you will be able to review your answers and view the solutions.

The best 10 of your 12 quiz marks will count, making each quiz worth 1%. You cannot apply for special consideration for the quizzes. The better-mark principle will apply for the total 10%, which means that if your overall exam mark is higher, then the mark for your quizzes will be your exam mark.

Exam Front Cover

Here is the front cover of your upcoming exam.

Past Papers

Here are three past MATH1902 exam papers:

2010 Exam

2011 Exam

2012 Exam

Here are some past exam questions from the Linear Algebra part of MATH2061. You will find plenty of questions on topics such as Span, Linear independence, Basis, Dimension, Rank, Nullity, Subspaces, Row and Column Spaces, and Linear Transformations. (The crossed out questions are not relevant to MATH1902.)

Past MATH2061 questions

Please see the Ed post for some more details about these exams.

Class Representatives

Cory Aitchison, Matthew Lim, Lan Hai Anh Tran, and Ningyuan (Faye) Xie have volunteered to be your class representatives.

They will meet shortly with the Head of School. 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, then please email your class representatives using the address, and let them know your views.

Online Resources

For enrolled students or other authorized people only, here is a link to the Canvas page for MATH1902.

Resources Information Sheet Canvas Lecture Recordings Ed Discussion
Monday lectures Tuesday lectures Tutorials Assessment
Week 1
Brownlowe 1-1 Brownlowe 1-2 Pre-tutorial 1 questions
Tutorial 1 questions
Tutorial 1 solutions
Week 2
Brownlowe 2-1 Brownlowe 2-2 Pre-tutorial 2 questions
Tutorial 2 questions
Tutorial 2 solutions
Online Quiz 1
Week 3
Brownlowe 3-1 Brownlowe 3-2 Pre-tutorial 3 questions
Tutorial 3 questions
Tutorial 3 solutions
Online Quiz 2
Assignment 1 Questions
Week 4
Brownlowe 4-1 Brownlowe 4-2 Pre-tutorial 4 questions
Tutorial 4 questions
Tutorial 4 solutions
Online Quiz 3
Week 5
Brownlowe 5-1 Brownlowe 5-2 Pre-tutorial 5 questions
Tutorial 5 questions
Tutorial 5 solutions
Online Quiz 4
Assignment 1 (5%)
Due 23:59 Mon 25 Mar
Week 6
Brownlowe 6-1 Brownlowe 6-2 Pre-tutorial 6 questions
Tutorial 6 questions
Tutorial 6 solutions
Online Quiz 5
Assignment 1 Solutions
Assignment 2 Instructions
Week 7
Brownlowe 7-1 Brownlowe 7-2 Pre-tutorial 7 questions
Tutorial 7 questions
Tutorial 7 solutions
Online Quiz 6
Week 8
Brownlowe 8-1 Brownlowe 8-2 Pre-tutorial 8 questions
Tutorial 8 questions
Tutorial 8 solutions
Good Friday (Friday 19 April)
Online Quiz 7
Mid-semester break
Week 9
Brownlowe 9-1 Brownlowe 9-2 Pre-tutorial 9 questions
Tutorial 9 questions
Tutorial 9 solutions
Online Quiz 8
Assignment 2 (5%)
Due 23:59 Mon 29 Apr

Assignment 3 Questions
Week 10
Brownlowe 10-1 Brownlowe 10-2 Pre-tutorial 10 questions
Tutorial 10 questions
Tutorial 10 solutions
Online Quiz 9
Week 11
Brownlowe 11-1 Brownlowe 11-2 Pre-tutorial 11 questions
Tutorial 11 questions
Tutorial 11 solutions
Online Quiz 10
Assignment 3 (10%)
Due 23:59 Mon 13 May
Week 12
Brownlowe 12-1 Brownlowe 12-2 Pre-tutorial 12 questions
Tutorial 12 questions
Tutorial 12 solutions
Online Quiz 11
Assignment 3 Solutions
Week 13
Brownlowe 13-1 Brownlowe 13-2 Online Quiz 12
Check your marks

MATH1902 students: please check that your marks for Assignment 1, Assignment 2, Assignment 3 and Quizzes have been recorded correctly by pressing the "Check marks" button.

Please note that any corrections to Assignment 1 marks must be made by Friday, May 17.
Please note that any corrections to Assignment 2 marks must be made by Friday, May 17.
Please note that any corrections to Assignment 3 marks must be made by Friday, Jun 07.
Please note that any corrections to Quizzes marks must be made by Friday, Jun 07.

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