Mathematics (MATH) 271

Linear Algebra II (Revision 4)

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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

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Science

Prerequisite: MATH 270

Centre: Centre for Science

MATH 271 has a Challenge for Credit option.

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Mathematics 271: Linear Algebra II continues the study of linear algebra from MATH 270.


  • Unit 1: Review
  • Unit 2: General Vector Spaces
  • Unit 3: Vector Space Structure
  • Unit 4: Eigenvalues and Eigenvectors
  • Unit 5: Linear Transformations I
  • Unit 6: Linear Transformations II
  • Unit 7: Two Applications of Linear Algebra


To receive credit for MATH 271, you must achieve a composite course grade of at least ā€œDā€ (50 percent) and a grade of at least 50 percent on both the midterm and final examinations. The weighting of the composite grade is as follows:

2 Tutor-marked Exercises (10% each) Midterm Exam Final Exam Total
20% 40% 40% 100%

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

Course Materials


Anton, H. Elementary Linear Algebra, 9th ed. New York: Wiley, 2005.

Anton, H., and C. Rorres. Student Solution Manual (to accompany) Elementary Linear Algebra with Applications, 9th ed. New York: Wiley.

Anton, H., and C. Rorres. Applications of Linear Algebra with Solutions (Custom publication for Athabasca University). Mississauga, ON: Wiley, 2014. This textbook comprises Chapter 10 of H. Anton and C. Rorres Elementary Linear Algebra: Applications Version, 10th ed. New York: Wiley, 2010.

Other materials

The course materials include a study guide, student manual.
: Calculators are not allowed during examinations.

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 271 challenge registration, you must complete the two parts of the challenge exam and achieve a grade of at least ā€œDā€ (50 percent) on both parts.

Part 1: Exam Part 2: Exam Total
50% 50% 100%

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.

Opened in Revision 4, August 2006.

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Updated May 20 2016 by SAS