Course Description

This course provides a survey of the concepts related to linear algebra. Students examine the geometry of vectors, matrices, and linear equations, including Gauss-Jordan elimination. Students explore the concepts of linear independence, rank, and linear transformations. Vector spaces, bases, and change of bases are discussed, including orthogonality and the Gram–Schmidt process. In addition, students investigate determinants, eigenvalues, and eigenvectors.

This undergraduate course is 5 weeks.

This course has a prerequisite. Please see details in the Prerequisite section below.

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Topics and Objectives

Linear Equations and Matrix Algebra

  • Solve systems of linear equations with m equations and n unknowns.
  • Solve linear equations using Gauss-Jordan elimination.
  • Perform matrix operations.
  • Determine the invertibility of a matrix.

Determinants and Euclidean Vector Spaces

  • Calculate determinants.
  • Calculate the dot, or inner, product of two vectors.
  • Decompose a vector space into its subspace and orthogonal complement.
  • Simplify vectors into linear combinations using vector algebra.

Vector Spaces

  • Determine the kernel and range of the matrix representation of a subspace of Rn.
  • Determine a spanning set for independent vectors.
  • Transform vectors in two- and three-dimensional spaces using matrices.
  • Use linear transformations to transform a vector from Rn to Rm.

Eigenvalues, Eigenvectors, and the Gram-Schmidt Process

  • Evaluate eigenvalues and eigenvectors using the characteristic polynomial.
  • Perform QR-Decomposition.

Linear Transformation and Applications

  • Determine the kernel and range of the matrix representation of a subspace of R,n.
  • Apply concepts of linear algebra to examples such as chemistry, electric circuits, and economics (Leontief’s closed model).


A prerequisite is required for this course. The purpose of a prerequisite is to ensure students have the knowledge and/or skills needed to be successful in the course. Students are required to provide proof of prerequisite during the enrollment/registration process. To meet to a course prerequisite requirement, a student must have successfully completed the prerequisite course at University of Phoenix, provide proof via transcript of completing a comparable course (at least 75% match) or higher level course with at least a grade of C at another institution or have a University of Phoenix approved Student Appeal on file with the University.

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Section Title
Instructor Led
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12:00AM to 11:59AM
Jan 14, 2020 to Feb 17, 2020
Online Campus
Online Non-Degree
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
  • Online Campus
Course Fee(s)
Undergraduate Tuition credit (3 units) $1,194.00 Click here to get more information
Section Fees
Resource Fee $170.00 Mandatory
Potential Discount(s)
3 Credit Hours
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