Mathematics (MATH) 270

Linear Algebra I (Revision 7)

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Mathematics Diagnostic Assessment. This online test contains 70 questions that will help you assess your mathematical skills. Based on your score we will recommend which Athabasca University mathematics course you are likely ready to take successfully.

Delivery Mode: Individualized study online

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Science

Prerequisite: None

Centre: Centre for Science

MATH 270 has a Challenge for Credit option.

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MATH 270 is suggested for students in the Science programs. The course covers systems of linear equations, matrices, inverse of a matrix, determinant, vectors in two-, three- and n-dimensions, Euclidean and general vector spaces, and applications of linear algebra.


  • Unit 1: Systems of Linear Equations and Matrices

Some of the topics covered in this unit are systems of linear equations, Gaussian and Gauss-Jordan elimination, matrices, their Operations and their Algebraic Properties, and applications to traffic flow and chemical equations.

  • Unit 2: Inverse of a Matrix, Linear Systems and Special Forms of Matrices

Some of the topics covered in this unit are inverse of a matrix and its properties, methods for finding the inverse, linear systems and the inverse of a matrix, special forms of matrices and applications to economic systems.

  • Unit 3: Determinant of a Matrix

Some of the topics covered in this unit are the determinant with minors and cofactors, determinants by row reduction, properties of the determinant, equivalent statements theorem for an invertible matrix, Cramer’s rule, and applications to Geometry.

  • Unit 4: EuclideanVector Spaces in 2-, 3-, and n-dimensions

Some of the topics covered in this unit are vector operations and properties, lengths, distances and dot/inner product, orthogonality, vector and parametric equations of lines and planes, cross product, eigenvalues and eigenvectors, applications to dynamical systems, Markov chains.

  • Unit 5: General Vector Spaces

Some of the topics covered in this unit are real vector spaces , subspaces , linear independence, basis, dimension, introduction to linear transformations, basic matrix transformations, applications to computer graphics.

Note: Each unit will have a section with a Linear Algebra application.


To receive credit for MATH 270, you must achieve a course composite mark of at least “D” (50 percent) with a grade of at least 50 percent on the final examination.

Five Assignments Midterm Examination Final Examination Total
15% 35% 50% 100%

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials


Anton, H., and C. Rorres. Elementary Linear Algebra: Applications Versions, 11th ed. NJ: Wiley, 2014.

Anton, H., and C. Rorres. Student Solution Manual (to accompany) Elementary Linear Algebra: Applications Versions, 11th ed. NJ: Wiley.

Other Materials

The online course materials include a study guide, and a student manual.

Challenge for Credit Course Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university level course.

Full information for the Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for the MATH 270 challenge registration, you must complete the challenge exam and achieve a grade of at least “D” (50 percent) .

Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

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Opened in Revision 7, April 6, 2016.

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Updated May 20 2016 by Student & Academic Services