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Numerical Linear Algebra


This course is a basic course offered to UG/PG students of Engineering/Science background. It contains basics of matrix algebra, computer arithmetic, conditioning and condition number, stability of numerical algorithms, vector and matrix norms, convergent matrices, stability of non-linear systems, sensitivity analysis, singular value decomposition (SVD), algebraic and geometric properties of SVD, least square solutions, Householder matrices and applications, QR method, Power method and applications, Jacobi method for finding the eigenvalues of a given matrix. This course has tremendous applications in diverse fields of Engineering and Sciences such as control theory, image processing, numerical analysis and dynamical systems etc.


UG and PG students of technical institutions/ universities/colleges





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Dr. P. N. Agrawal is a Professor in the Department of Mathematics, IIT Roorkee. His area of research includes approximation Theory and Complex Analysis. He delivered 13 video lectures on Engineering Mathematics in NPTEL Phase I and recently completed Pedagogy project on Engineering Mathematics jointly with Dr. Uaday Singh in the same Department. Further he has completed online certification course “Mathematical methods and its applications” jointly with Dr. S.K. Gupta of the same department. He taught the course on “Integral equations and calculus of variations” several times to MSc (Industrial Mathematics and Informatics) students. He has supervised nine Ph.D. theses and has published more than 187 research papers in reputed international journals of the world. Currently, he is supervising eight research students.

Dr.  D. N Pandey is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics, IIT Roorkee. Before joining IIT Roorkee he worked as a faculty member in BITS-Pilani Goa campus and LNMIIT Jaipur. His area of expertise includes semigroup theory, functional differential equations of fractional and integral orders. He has already prepared e-notes for course titled “Ordinary Differential Equations and Special Functions” under e-Pathshala funded by UGC. Also, he has published a book titled “Nonlocal Functional Evolution Equations: Integral and fractional orders, LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing AG Germany”. He has delivered several invited talks at reputed institutions in India and abroad. He has guided three Ph.D. theses and has published more than 75 papers in various international journals of repute. Currently, he is supervising five research students. 


Week 1: Matrix operations and type of matrices, Determinant of a Matrix, Rank of a matrix, Vector Space-I, Vector Space-II

Week 2:
Linear dependence and independence, Bases and Dimensions – I, Bases and Dimension - II, Linear Transformation - I, Linear Transformation - II

Week 3: Orthogonal subspaces, Row space, column space and null Space, Eigenvalues and Eigenvectors-I, Eigenvalues and Eigenvectors-II, Diagonalizable Matrices

Week 4: Orthogonal Sets, Gram Schmidt orthogonalization and orthonormal bases, Introduction to Matlab, Sign integer representationComputer representation of numbers

Week 5: Floating point representation, Round-off error, Error propagation in computer arithmetic, Addition and multiplication of floating point numbers, Conditioning and condition numbers-I

Week 6: Conditioning and condition numbers-II, Stability of numerical algorithms-I, Stability of numerical algorithms-II, Vector norms - I, Vector norms - II

Week 7: Matrix  Norms - I, Matrix Norms-II, Convergent Matrices - I, Convergent Matrices - II, Stability of non-linear system

Week 8: Condition number of a matrix: Elementary properties, Sensitivity analysis-I, Sensitivity analysis-II, Residual theorem, Nearness to singularity

Week 9: Estimation of the condition number,  Singular value decomposition of a matrix – I, Singular value decomposition of a matrix - II, Orthogonal Projections, Algebraic and geometric properties of  matrices using SVD

Week 10: SVD and their applications, Perturbation theorem for singular values, Outer product expansion of a matrix, Least square solutions-I, Least square solutions-II

Week 11: Psudeo - inverse  and least square solution, Householder  matrices  and their applications, Householder QR factorization –I, Householder QR factorization –II, Basic theorems on eigenvalues and QR method

Week 12: Power method, Rate of convergence of  Power method, Applications of Power method with shift, Jacobi method-I, Jacobi method-II


1. V. Sundarapandian, Numerical Linear Algebra, PHI, 2008.
2. Biswa Nath Dutta, Numerical Linear Algebra and Applications, SIAM, 2010. 
3. Roger A. Horn and Charles R. Johnson, Matrix Analysis, Cambridge University Press, 1994. 
4. William Ford, Numerical Linear Algebra with Applications, Academic Press, 2014..


•    The exam is optional for a fee.
•    Date and Time of Exams: April 28 (Saturday) and April 29 (Sunday) : Morning session 9am to 12 noon;
•    Exam for this course will be available in one session on both 28 and 29 April.
•    Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
•    The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published.


•    Final score will be calculated as : 25% assignment score + 75% final exam score.
•    25% assignment score is calculated as 25% of average of  Best 8 out of 12 assignments.
•    E-Certificate will be given to those who register and write the exam and score greater than or equal to 40% final score. Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup. It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Roorkee. It will be e-verifiable at