In theory you are supposed to spend seven hours per week on MATH6040: my recommendation is that you watch the lecture material, then spend whatever other time you have for MATH6040 on exercises. It is up to you to decide when you complete learning tasks and timetable yourself. There are three hours of MATH6040 slots on your timetable that you can use if you want. Even with just three hours you should have at least one hour to try and submit exercises for video feedback.

25% Vectors Test, 19.30 Tuesday 23 February

The open-book assessment will be designed to be done in about 45 minutes, however you will be given one hour to complete the assignment along with an additional 15 minutes to upload your work. 45 minutes means about one and a half exam questions (see MATH6040 vectors questions (usually vectors are Q. 1, sometimes Q. 2) to get an idea of how long one exam question is). Please contact me if the timing (19.30 Tuesday 23 February) is an issue.

The assessment is based on Chapter 1. As it is an open book assessment, I have decided to split the questions into parts (a), (b), and (c).

The parts (a) are easy, and worth 40% of the total mark. The parts (b) are of medium difficulty, and are worth 30% of the total mark. The parts (c) are more difficult and worth 30% of the marks. You might be advised to do all the parts (a) and (b) first, try and get as close to 70% as possible with those, and then leave the parts (c) to the end. Otherwise you might waste time doing parts (c) when there are easier and more marks available in parts (b) and particularly (a).

Additional practise questions (beyond the manual) may be found by looking at past MATH6040 exam papers.

Academic Dishonesty will not be accepted and suspected breaches, such as communication with others during the assessment, will be pursued in line with this policy. To make life easier for me in this regard your assessment will be student-number-personalised. In addition by submitting you will be pledging that you will undertake the assessment in good faith.

We will have a Zoom Tuesday 16 February at 20:00 for any questions that ye would like to ask about this assessment. This tutorial will be recorded in the cloud.

Week 4


There are 116 minutes of lectures here. You should need about three hours to watch these (I recommend 50% extra time for pausing/rewinding)

Some deeper discussion here: Why do we multiply matrices like we do? Why can’t I divide by zero?


How much time you put into homework is up to you: of course the more time you put in the better but we all have competing interests. Please feel free to ask me questions about the exercises. 

Assuming you are ready for the Vector Assessment, try

  • p.66, Q. 1-4
  • p.70, Q.1-2
  • p.73, Q.1-3
  • Additional Exercises, p.66, Q.1, p.73, Q.4-5

Submit work for Canvas feedback by Sunday 21 February for video feedback after Monday 22 February. Ideally you don’t submit work that you are certain is correct, but instead submit work you need help and feedback with. Submit the images as a single pdf file. To do this, select all the images in a folder, right-click and press print. It will say something like How do you want to print your pictures? Press (Microsoft?) Print to PDF. If possible choose an orientation that has all the images in portrait.

Week 5

You will have your test. In lectures, we will look at Linear Systems. We won’t do too much so you have time to revise either Chapter 1 or Week 4 exercises.


Please feel free to ask me questions about the exercises via email. I answer emails every morning seven days a week.

Student Resources

Please see Student Resources for information on the Academic Learning Centre, etc.