# 20430 Linear Algebra for Natural Science Students 1

**Credits**: 4 intermediate credits in Mathematics

**Prerequisites**: none

Recommended: Students are advised to take at least one Open University course in Natural Sciences or in Mathematics before enrolling in this course

The first five units of **Linear Algebra I** (20109) were combined with three new units by Naomi Shaked-Monderer, to create this course. Its objective is to familiarize students of Natural Sciences with basic linear algebra required for several Physics and Chemistry courses. Students should not confuse this course with **Linear Algebra I** (20109). Both courses cover similar topics, but the scope of the latter is wider, as required for Mathematics and Computer Science students.

**Topics**: Preparatory review; Linear equations; R^{n}; Matrices; Determinants; Vector spaces; Linear transformations (eigenvalues and eigenvectors, diagonalization); The Euclidian n-space; orthogonal transformations and matrices; Appendix: Complex numbers.

1There is some overlap in the content of this and other courses. For details, see Overlapping Courses.