MA6010  Algebra and Analysis (2024/25)
Module specification  Module approved to run in 2024/25  
Module title  Algebra and Analysis  
Module level  Honours (06)  
Credit rating for module  30  
School  School of Computing and Digital Media  
Total study hours  291  


Assessment components 


Running in 2024/25 (Please note that module timeslots are subject to change) 
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Module summary
This module extends students’ knowledge of linear algebra and calculus, providing greater depth and rigour for these essential topics.
The aim of the first part of the module is to introduce students to the abstract algebraic structures of vector spaces, developing on the material on linear algebra learnt at level 4. This primary example of algebraic structures has applications across science and engineering, and also provides a firm foundation of necessary basic algebraic notions for the student to further their study mathematical study.
The aim of the second part of the module is to develop a rigorous approach to the analysis of functions of a real and a complex variable. Further topics in complex integration are also covered and students are introduced to applications of these topics to improper integration of functions of a real variable.
Prior learning requirements
Students are expected to have some knowledge of Discrete Mathematics, Group Theory, Further Calculus, Linear Algebra or equivalent.
Syllabus
Vector Spaces: Revision of matrices and determinants in Rn and Cn and application to systems of equations. Formal definition and further examples of vector spaces. Linear combination, spanning, independence. Subspaces. Bases and dimensions, change of basis. Quotient spaces. Linear transformations, matrix representation. Kernel and image; first isomorphism theorem, rank/nullity. Eigenvalues and bases of eigenvectors, diagonalisation. CayleyHamilton Theorem.
Limits, continuity and differentiability of functions of a real variable. Mean Value Theorem, Taylor’s theorem with Lagrange remainder. Taylor and Maclaurin series of standard functions.
Limits, continuity and differentiability of functions of a complex variable. Exponential, trigonometric, hyperbolic and logarithmic functions. Cauchy Riemann equation. Contour integration. Applications to integrals of real variables and to improper integrals. LO1,LO2,LO3,LO4
Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity
Students’ blended learning is directed via facetoface learning activities centred on lectures and seminars. There is full provision of documents related to the module in electronic format that can be accessed by students all the time (currently WebLearn). The documents include lecture notes, slides, guidance to further blended reading and relevant mathematical packages, and exercises and tests.
Teaching methods will include a range of the following: tutor led seminar discussions, student led discussions, small group discussions and exercises, individual exercises, lectures given by tutor. The teaching methods will support the main aim of encouraging independent lifelong learning. Tutorials will be student centred using carefully graduated exercises to build up student's confidence and selfesteem and will also provide the opportunity for students to reinforce learning and demonstrate their skills and receive individual advice from their tutor.
The tutorial sessions and workshops will also provide an ideal setting for students to meet up with their group members on regular basis and carry out their discussions and investigations.
Learning outcomes
On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
LO1. Perform calculations with vectors and transformations using suitable matrix representations. Construct homomorphisms vector spaces and determine their properties such as rank and nullity.
LO2. Understand both the concrete examples and the concept of linear independence and be able to apply them to find bases from given spanning sets. Determine whether a transformation of a vector spaces may be represented by a diagonal matrix with respect to an appropriate basis.
LO3. Relate the intuitive definitions of a limit, of continuity and of differentiability to more formal rigorous definitions of these concepts. Determine whether given functions are continuous or differentiable over given interval
LO4. Apply Cauchy Riemann equations to decide whether a given function is differentiable. Evaluate contour integrals using parametrisation and apply the residue theorem to evaluate contour integrals.
Bibliography
Core Text:
J. Hefferon. Linear Algebra [Online] [Accessed June 2014].
Available from http://joshua.smcvt.edu/linearalgebra/book.pdf
Recommended Reading:
R. Haggarty (1989). Fundamentals of Mathematical Analysis. AddisonWesley
R. Adams (1999). A complete Course in Calculus. AddisonWesley.
J. Stewart (1998). Calculus; Concepts and Contexts. Brooks/Cole.
R. Churchill and J. Brown (1990). Complex Variables and Applications. McGraw Hill.
T. Osborne (1999), Complex Variables and Their Applications. AddisonWesley
N. Alexandrou, Lecture Notes on Complex Variable, London Metropolitan University