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IN08122537, A.A. 2019/20

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Degree course First cycle degree in
IN2375, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 9.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination TOPICS IN LINEAR ALGEBRA AND GEOMETRY
Department of reference Department of Management and Engineering
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge CORRADO ZANELLA MAT/03

Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge Degree course code

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Basic courses MAT/03 Geometry 9.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 9.0 72 153.0 No turn

Start of activities 23/09/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2017 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
2 2018 01/10/2018 15/03/2020 ZANELLA CORRADO (Presidente)
MOTTA MONICA (Supplente)

Prerequisites: None.
Target skills and knowledge: The course aims to introduce familiarity with mathematical structures whose knowledge is indispensable in subsequent mathematics courses and in all engineering disciplines in which one uses matrices, linear functions, coordinates, complex numbers. In particular, the knowledge of the main theoretical aspects concerning complex numbers, vector spaces, linear functions and matrices as well as their applications in geometry, are expected. Students must achieve the ability to solve exercises and simple problems on all the aforementioned topics.
Examination methods: The verification of knowledge and expected skills is carried out with an exam divided into written and oral ones. In turn, the written test is divided into two parts that are carried out consecutively. The first part consists of three theoretical questions; the first one requires writing a definition or the statement of a theorem, without proof; the second one is similar to the first but, in addition requires a proof; the third one usually requires to prove or disprove an assertion not seen in class. The topics of the first two questions are in a list communicated to the students at the end of the course. In the second part four exercises are assigned, similar to those assigned in class, which cover all the topics seen in the program.
The oral exam consists in the examination and discussion of the written test and, if the commission considers it necessary or the student asks for it, in further questions on the whole course program.
Assessment criteria: In the exercises of the first part of the written exam, the skill and organization are evaluated in presenting abstract mathematical concepts with appropriate terms.
In the second part, the ability to apply the aforementioned concepts in exercises is evaluated.
In case the oral examination does not limit itself to the discussion of the written exam, the capacity and the reactivity in dealing with questions of various kinds related to the topics presented is also evaluated.
Course unit contents: Algebraic structures. Generalities on matrices. Complex numbers. Trigonometric form of complex numbers. Polynomials with real coefficients. Vector spaces. Subspaces. Linear dependence. Theorem of the exchange. Based and dimension. Linear maps. Correspondence between linear maps and matrices. Change of bases. The theorems on linear maps. Theory of linear systems of equations. Transformation into echelon form. Determinant. Applications of the determinant. Diagonalizability of endomorphisms. Diagonalizability theorem. Diagonalizability of matrices. Affine geometry. Parallelism between linear varieties, pencils of lines and planes. Scalar products: generalities, examples, properties, Cauchy-Schwarz formula. Orthogonality: orthogonal bases, coordinates with respect to orthonormal bases, Gram-Schmidt procedure, orthogonal projections. Cartesian reference changes, distance in Euclidean space. Real symmetric matrices.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The educational activities provide lectures at the blackboard where concepts, methods, exercises and their solutions are presented. During the break in each lesson the students are invited to ask questions for clarification on the doubts that may have arisen in the presentation by the teacher.
An additional learning activity is the vision of the written exam with the relative clarifications on the possible difficulties encountered by the candidate.
Additional notes about suggested reading: All the teaching material presented during the lessons will be made available on the moodle platform.
The study material includes:
- lecture notes in pdf format,
- list of topics for the first two questions of the first part of the written test,
- complete archive of the exams assigned previously.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Corrado Zanella, Fondamenti di Algebra Lineare e Geometria. Bologna: Esculapio, 2010. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Problem based learning
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)