 Required Textbook
 Class Sylabus
We will cover Chapters 7 through 10 in the first 10
weeks and discuss special topics in numerical linear
algebra in the final 4 weeks.
 IterativeTechniques in Matrix Algebra (Chapter
7)
 Approximation Theory, (Chapter
8)
 Approximating Eigenvalues, (Chapter
9)

Numerical Solutions of Nonlinear Systems of
Equations (Chapter 10 except Section 10.5)
 Special topics in numerical linear algebra.
 Handouts
Lecture notes, homework assignments, and sample exams
will be available on bCourses in the files folder.
 Matlab
Matlab is going to be the programming language for this
class. Good matlab programming skills can go a long way to
earn you a descent grade in this class.
There is a onecredit Math98 course on basic Matlab that runs through the
first 6 weeks of the semester. I encourage you to take it
if you would like to learn more about Matlab. For more
details, please see
Math98 class website.
 Instructor
Prof. Ming Gu
Office: Evans 861
Office Hours: MTuW 4:155:30PM and F 12:302:00PM.
Phone: 6423145
 GSI: Eric Hallman
Eric Hallman
Office Hours: TBA
 Prerequisites
The prerequisite is Math 128A or equivalent. If you
have doubts about it, please come talk with the
instructor.
 Course Work and Grading
There are a total of 100 points you can earn toward your
final grade in the course.
 There will be weekly homework during the first 10
weeks, except the first week. We will only count the best 8 homeworks towards your final
grade.
 There will be 4 quizzes. We will only count the
best 3 quizzes. Below is the quiz schedule:
 Quiz: Feb. 5 in discussion
 Quiz: Feb. 19 in discussion
 Quiz: Mar. 5 in discussion
 Quiz: Apr. 9 in discussion
 The midterm will be on Mar. 22 in class, right before spring
break.
 The term project will be due on May 10 at
11:59 by email to Eric.
 The
Final Exam will be on Wednesday, May 15, 7:0010:00PM
Each homework is worth 2 points, each quiz 3 points. The
midterm, final exam, and the term project are each worth
25 points. In case you have to miss the midterm exam, your
final will be worth 50 points. You fail the class if you
do not take the final exam.
We will give no credit for written homework and programming
assignment turned in after the due date and there will be no
make up quizzes and exams.
There will be no class performance curve. Your final
letter grade will be determined based on the total number of
points you earn in the class. Below is a list of cutoffs.
 A to A+: at least 85 points
 B to B+: between 70 and 85 points
 C to C+: between 60 and 70 points
 D: between 55 and 60 points
 F: less than 55 points
In general the absolute majority of the class will get A and
B level grades. To get a good grade, make sure you do your
all class work, and prepare
well for your quizzes; your total exam scores (40 points)
alone will only give you an F.
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
satisfactory.