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The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Matrix Algebra for Engineers

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology via Coursera


This course is all about matrices, and concisely covers the linear algebra that an engineer should know. The mathematics in this course is presented at the level of an advanced high school student, but it is recommended that students take this course after completing a university-level single variable calculus course. There are no derivatives or integrals involved, but students are expected to have a basic level of mathematical maturity. Despite this, anyone interested in learning the basics of matrix algebra is welcome to join.

The course consists of 38 concise lecture videos, each followed by a few problems to solve. After each major topic, there is a short practice quiz. Solutions to the problems and practice quizzes can be found in the instructor-provided lecture notes. The course spans four weeks, and at the end of each week, there is an assessed quiz.

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Taught by

Jeffrey R. Chasnov


4.9 rating, based on 668 Class Central reviews

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  • The course is great!

    I studied linear algebra before, so I used this course as a refresher. All explanations were concise and clear. Instructor doesn't prove everything, but it's a good exercise to pause and prove the remaining parts yourself. Speech is somewhat slow so I watched videos at 1.75x speed (but again, I was familiar with linear algebra, so this speed was comfortable for me). I just wish it would be longer, more in-depth and with more topics covered such as SVD decomposition and others:)
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  • Found this course to be excellent in covering matrix algebra. Covered the areas of concern for engineering from introduction to matrices to LU decomposition. It gets harder as the topics are covered with gaussian and reduced row echelon a foundation up to eigenvalues and eigenvectors. Explained well and enjoyed
  • Anonymous
    I highly recommend the Coursera course 'Matrix Algebra for Engineers
    '(The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology). The content is comprehensive and well-structured, with clear explanations and examples. The interactive quizzes and assignments allowed me to practice and apply the concepts learned. Overall, a valuable resource for anyone seeking to improve their algebra skills in an engineering context."
  • Ryan Lam completed this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    I am a high school student. I took the course because I need to prepare my studies in undergraduate mathematics. Although this course is meant to be for engineers, nevertheless, it is an amazing course.

    Concepts are clearly explained, and there are a lot of concrete examples. The exercises are also well-prepared in the sense that it reflects the learning outcome of the class.

    I highly recommend this course to future undergraduate students who want to study science as their major, because matrix algebra and linear algebra is a must-know for all of you.

    Thank you Professor Chasnov for this amazing course!
  • Anonymous
    This is a game changer for me. I have passed through matrix algebra class before but this one is more in-depth and has deepen my understanding of matrix algebra. Thank you!
  • Anonymous
    This course was great in terms of learning the mechanics for solving linear algebra problems. After completing the course, I feel like I have a better understanding of linear algebra but also that much more self-motivated learning will be required to...
  • Anonymous
    A great course providing a comprehensive , detailed and intuitive introduction into Matrix Algebra and covering its most important topics; the course is perfectly suited for students and practitioners aiming at learning, repeating and/or practical application of Linear Algebra.

    The lecturer has a great presentation and pedagogical skills, thanks to which his lectures as well as the lecture notes are exceptionally easy to comprehend. The practical quizzes do also facilitate the consolidation of the knowledge gained.

    Summary: an exceptionally great course (even for non-mathematicians)
  • Anonymous
    The course was for me very helpful in learning the different topics under matrix algebra for engineers; it has helped me by learning all the lessons through video lectures that had step-by-step processes, other ways that had helped me was the practice quizzes since I was able to retake any time so that I could correct my mistakes and be able to understand how the process works. Additionally, Coursera has helped me attain the knowledge that I need to understand the topics of Matrix Algebra for Engineers since this will be a big help for me since it is one of the courses I am taking.
  • Anonymous
    Very solid and very informative. Especially the section about the determinant of a matrix. Previously, when I studied this concept during my college, I only know how to compute it by memorizing the rules, but in the present MOOC course, Prof. Chasnov gave the definition of the determinant and disclose the relation between the determinant and the elementary row operations, which is essence of this concept. Now I feel more confident on my math and will definitely continue the left courses in the specialization and try to finish the capstone project!
  • Anonymous
    I am a seasoned software engineer going back to school next year for studying physics. I attended this course to improve my skills in matrix algebra and spent a really good time. Many thanks to Pr. Chasnov for making this course available. Here’s what...
  • Anonymous
    Este curso es un breve resumen de lo que es la clase de algebra lineal, el material brindado por este curso de mucha ayuda, ya que, apoya a los estudiantes a comprender de una manera mas clara los diferentes tópicos que se verán a lo largo de la clase. Este curso me fue muy útil ya que con los videos y lecturas, pude reforzar los conocimientos de la clase, de hecho aprendí nuevas formas de como visualizar los conceptos y ejercicios para resolverlos de una manera mas practica y rápida. Es un curso que recomendaría, ya que, los métodos de enseñanza en este curso son muy efectivos y de mucho provecho.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Learning materials are very organized and each problem always comes with examples. Since I am taking some other courses, the volume is bit larger for me. I wish I get more pair of exercise and solution per topic and ideally this could be 6 weeks. One of highlight is to compute the least square problem (fitting something) using matrix algebra and solving eigenvalue problem. The instructor often mentions about benefit using those algorithm in terms of the efficiency & cost of computation. This is nice indication for me because I'm software engineer who often just "use" existing math libraries, and now I can imagine how they wrote them. I might write my own someday :D
  • Anonymous
    This course contains one of the best learning materials to understand linear algebra. It starts with a great foundation to understand basic matrix operations and from there it teaches well all the most important algorithms related the subject. The step-by-step tutorials and exercises really help to practice and be well-versed in the fundamentals, but the most important thing about the course is that the detailed explanations make you feel the logic behind this subject.
  • Anonymous
    Es un excelente curso con la teoría suficiente para llevar a cabo todo el programa contemplado.
    Los ejercicios son clarificadores y el libro de acompañamiento está muy bien diseñado.

    A quienes se sienten motivado, les insto a estudiar y dedicar tiempo para cubrir todos los temas propuestos.

    También podría se necesario algo más de investigación personal y profundización en los diferentes tópicos.
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    Hamza Mohiuddin
    Amazing instructor with great delivery of content. The topics were explained exceptionally well. At no point I felt doubtful or confused about any topic/ concept. The course was self contained with no need of xternal sources to understand the topics or assignments. So far, Prof Jeff is the best instructor I have encountered on the coursera platform for math related courses. Thank you professor! May God bless u
  • Anonymous
    I learned well because the discussion by Prof. Chaznov was delivered in a smooth, clear, and calm manner which really helped me understand the topics. With this coursera course, I learned matrix algebra from a different angle and was able to apply it to the teachings of my professor. I learned and I enjoyed while learning. The most important part for me is that I enjoyed the course, so thank you,
  • Anonymous
    Спасибо большое, этот курс и правда многому учит, к тому же сервис очень удобный в использовании . Благодаря данному курсу люди могут не только изучать тему но и практиковаться на месте
  • Anonymous
    Спасибо большое, этот курс и правда многому учит, к тому же сервис очень удобный в использовании . Благодаря данному курсу люди могут не только изучать тему но и практиковаться на месте
  • Anonymous
    Очень хороший сайт. Легко обьяснили, все на простом языке. тесты не сложные. Весь сервис понятен для использования, так же и не было лагов или багов.

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