In this course, we will learn some of the most basic
concepts in linear algebra. This class overlaps with Math 54
in material, but with a different emphasis: proofs.
We will gain a deeper level of understanding, and be
well-prepared for other upper-division math classes. Along
the way, we will study some new topics as well, such as
singular value decomposition and spectral methods.
This information document covers the following subjects: how to contact the staff, Prerequisites, textbook,
handouts, course work and
grading, real and sample exams, homework assignments, and exam dates.
Section enrollments are entirely done online. So if you are
waitlisted, check online often to see if you can
enroll. Students must go to the section in which they are
assigned, with no exceptions. If you have more questions
about enrollment, please contact me.
If you have a general question about something that is NOT
covered here, or if you wish to talk with the GSIs or me,
the easiest way is to come during office hours. Otherwise,
please make an appointment by sending electronic mail.
Prof. Ming Gu
Office: Evans 861
Office Hours: MF 1:30-2:30PM, W 4:00-5:00PM or by appointment.
Math 54 or equivalent. Note that we discuss relatively
little about differential equations. So if you have only
taken a lower-division level linear algebra class outside of
Berkeley, it could be sufficient. Please contact me if you
have any concerns.
Our textbook is
No handouts will be distributed in the class; they are all
instead on the class home
page at http://www.math.berkeley.edu/~mgu/MA110F2011
Course Work and Grading
Homework: Students are allowed, but not encouraged,
to do homework in small groups. But everyone must write
his/her own solutions and not copy them from anyone else or
a solution book. Only some of the problems from each
homework will be graded.
Grades: There are a total of 100 points you can earn toward your final grade in the course. There will be two midterm exams. The better of the two is worth 25 points and the worse 15 points. The final exam is worth 30 points. All exams will be graded by the GSIs and myself. Only the best 10 homeworks will be counted towards the final grade, with each worth 3 points. Homeworks are due on Wednesdays in discussion. See below for the list of exam days.
The students are allowed, but not encouraged, to skip one
midterm. In such a situation, the midterm will be worth 30
points and the final 40. If you skip both midterms or the
final, you fail the class.
The exams will be cumulative. We will have a review session and provide sample exams before each of the three exams. There will be no make-up midterm exams. We will give no credit for written homework turned in after the due date. The only exception to this policy is for proven medical or personal emergencies.
There will be no grade curves. Your final letter grade
will be determined based on your own performance. I hope
everyone will excel in this course.
Sample and Real Exams
Grades of Incomplete will be granted only for dire medical
or personal emergencies that cause you to miss the final,
and only if your work up to that point has been