Course information

Lecturer
Gang Liu, gangliu@math.berkeley.edu. Offices: Evans 895.
GSI
Brandon Williams, btwilliams47@berkeley.edu, Office: Evans 737.
Lectures
Tuesday, Thursday, 9:40–11am in Evans 70
Discussions
MWF, 8–9am in Latimer 102
Office hours
2-4pm Th, Evans 895; MWF 9-10, TuTh 11-12, Evans 737
Textbook
Second custom edition for University of California, Berkeley, Linear algebra and differential equations
Prerequisites
1A-1B or equivalent
Homework
In general, there will be weekly homework posted on the course web page, which will be due in each Wednesday of class starting from Jan 27. Collaboration on the homework is encouraged, but each student must write solutions in his/her own words, and not copy them from anyone else. Due to the limit of working hours of the GSI, only ONE problem of the choice of the GSI will be graded in each homework. The homework will be graded on a scale from 0 to 10 points. Late homework will not be accepted, but the two lowest scores will be dropped when computing the grade.
Quiz
Quizzes are given each Wednesday (starting from Jan 27) at the begining of discussion sections for 15 minutes, given by the GSI. Most quiz problems will be similar to the problems in homework that is due on the day of the quiz. There are no make-up quizz.
Midterm
There will two in-class midterm exams, scheduled on Thursday Feb 25 and Tuesday April 5. The final exam will be on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 11:30A-2:30P. The exams are “closed book” – no textbooks, notebooks, or calculators allowed.
Grade corrections
The grades for exams will be changed only if there is a clear error on the part of the grader, such as adding up marks incorrectly. Problems must be brought to the attention of the lecturer immediately after the exams are returned.
Grades
The final grade will be based on homework assignments (10%), quiz (10%), midterm 1(20%), midterm 2(20%), and the final exam (40%). If you do not take Midterm 1, Midterm 2 will count for 40%. If you do not take Midterm 2, the Final will count for 60%. If you do not take the Final exam, or if you take neither Midterm 1 nor Midterm 2, you fail the course. As a penalty, if you miss either Midterm 1 or Midterm 2, you will not be eligible for getting A+ (i.e. your best grade is A). The grading will be based on a curve. However, I retain the right to determine what grade corresponds to the middle of the curve.
Incomplete grades
Incomplete “I” grades are almost never given. The only justification is a documented serious medical problem or genuine personal/family emergency. Falling behind in this course or problems with workload in other courses are not acceptable reasons.
Special arrangements
If you are a student with a disability registered by the Disabled Student Services (DSS) on UCB campus and if you require special arrangements during exams, you must provide the DSS document and make arrangements via email or office hours at least 10 days prior to each exam, explaining your circumstances and what special arrangements need to be done. Also, see the lecturer as soon as possible to make arrangements for the homeworks.