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Week 4

We worked with matrix inverses, seeing how the Gauss-Jordan algorithm can be used to calculate the inverse of a 3\times 3 matrix. We solved a matrix equation.

Here find a corrected Example 2 from p. 39. In class, I made a slip in the third frame. The row operations are the same.


The final answer is therefore

\displaystyle A^{-1}=\left(\begin{array}{ccc} 1 & 1 & 1 \\ 3 & 5 & 4 \\ 3 & 6 & 5\end{array}\right).

We also had our second Maple lab.

Week 5

We will see how linear systems can be written as matrix equations, and solved using matrix inverses. Then we will talk about determinants, and perhaps push towards the end of Chapter 1.

Linear Algebra: 20% Test

Will take place Wednesday 14 March, in Week 7.

Maple Catch Up


If you have missed the first lab you have two options: either download Maple onto your own machine (instructions may be found here) or come into CIT at another time to use Maple.

Go through the missed lab on your own, doing all the exercises in Maple. Save the worksheet and email it to me.


Independent Learning


Questions you can do include:

  • After Week 4: P. 41, Q. 1-4
  • After Week 3: P. 28, Q. 1-5, 6-9 have answers with Q. 7 a harder question. P. 34 exercises.
  • After Week 2: P. 18 Q. 2
  • After Week 1: P. 18 Q. 1, 3 – 6. Harder questions are 7 and 8. For those who do not yet have the manual, see here.

I am not suggesting you should do all of these. It is recommended by the module descriptor that you do two hours of independent and directed learning every week but of course this isn’t feasible for everyone.

Student Resources

Please see the Student Resources tab on the top of this page for information on the Academic Learning Centre, etc.