Math 54H: Linear Algebra and Differential Equations
Introduction
In this course, we will learn some of the most basic concepts in
linear algebra and differential equations, two different but related
subjects.
Many physical phenomena are governed by differential equations. For
example, the rotation of the solar planets around the sun can be
accurately described by a set of timedependent differential
equations. Linear algebra provides the basic tools necessary to
solve these differential equations (most commonly) on a computer.
This information document covers the following subjects: enrollment, how to contact the staff, prerequisites, textbook,
handouts and announcements, course work and
grading and exam dates,
grade range,
homework assignments,
sample tests, and academic integrity.
Enrollment is entirely done online. So if you are waitlisted, check
online often to see if you can enroll. If you have questions about
enrollment, please immediately contact Thomas Brown of the Math Department at
thomasbrown@math.berkeley.edu.
Instructor
Prof. Ming Gu
Office: Evans 861
Office Hours: MWF 1:303:00PM or by appointment.
Phone: 6423145
Email:
mgu@math
UGSI
Beite Zhu
Discussion Sections 101 (MWF 10:0011:00AM, Evans 4)
Office Hours: TuW 3:004:00PM, 733 Evans
Email: jupiter_ju@berkeley.edu.
1A and 1B or equivalent. It is important to note that
calculus courses at most institutions either have no
differential equations, or less than Berkeley's Math
1B. Transfer students who have taken such a course need to
learn on their own that differential equations material from
 Nagle, Saff and Snider, Fundamentals of Differential Equations, 8th Ed., Chs. 1 through 3; or
 Stewart, Calculus: Early Transcendentals, 5th Ed., Chs. 9 and 17.
This should be done by approximately the week of Oct. 21. Please contact me if you have any concerns on this issue.
Our textbook is
We plan to cover the book according to the
Math Department Course Outline for Math 54. Please pay
close attention to this outline.
There will be no handouts to be distributed in the class. All material
is posted on the class home
page at http://www.math.berkeley.edu/~mgu/MA54H.
Announcements will be made through the class website, bspace, or email.
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 GSI and myself. In addition
to exams, there will be up to 13 homeworks and 12 quizzes. Only the
best 10 homeworks and best 10 quizzes will be counted towards the
final grade, with each homework and quiz worth 1.5 points.
Homework is in general due on Friday during discussion, except the
week of Nov. 25, when it is due on the following Monday (Dec. 2.) The
homework is a written assignment to be done individually, although
group discussion is allowed. Quizzes are on the days homework is due,
to be given at the begining of discussion sections for 15 minutes. But
there will be no quiz on Nov. 29 or Dec. 2. Note that this means there
will be homeworks and quizzes in the midterm exam weeks as well. We
will have a review and provide a sample test before each exam.
Since the GSI is limited in his work hours, he will only grade ONE
problem of his choice in each homework. In addition, he will make
most quiz problems to be similar to the problems in homework that is
due on the day of the quiz. Doing all the homework problems
is worth 1 point; and doing the graded problem correctly is worth
additional 0.5 point.
 Midterm I: Sept. 25, Wednesday in class. This exam
likely covers the first 4 Chapters.
 Midterm II: Nov.6, Wednesday in class. This exam likely
covers all materials in Part One and Chapter 4 in Part Two.
 Final: 11:302:30PM, Dec. 20, Friday.
Your final letter grade will be determined based on your own performance. Below is a breakdown of grade range
 A+: raw score > 95.
 A to A: raw score between 87 and 95.
 B to B+: raw score between 75 and 87.
 C to C+: raw score between 65 and 75.
 D: raw score between 60 and 65.
 F: raw score < 60.
I hope everyone will excel in this course.
We will give no credit for homework turned in after the due date. The
exams will be cumulative, and there will be no makeup exams or
quizzes. However, you can skip or cancel one of the midterms (but not
both) if you notify the instructor within 48 hours after the test. In
this case, your other midterm and final will be worth 30 points and 40
points, respectively. 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.
Note that the sample exams only serve to familiarize students with the format
of the actual exams, without any explicit or implicit suggestions as to the scoop.
Homework Assignments

Homework Assignment #1 , Due Sep. 6, 2013 in
discussion.

Homework Assignment #2 , Due Sep. 13, 2013 in
discussion.

Homework Assignment #3 , Due Sep. 20, 2013 in
discussion.

Homework Assignment #4 , Due Sep. 27, 2013 in
discussion.

Homework Assignment #5 , Due Oct. 4, 2013 in
discussion.

Homework Assignment #6 , Due Oct. 11, 2013 in
discussion.

Homework Assignment #7 , Due Oct. 18, 2013 in
discussion.

Homework Assignment #8 , Due Oct. 25, 2013 in
discussion.

Homework Assignment #9 , Due Nov. 1, 2013 in
discussion.

Homework Assignment #10 , Due Nov. 8, 2013 in
discussion.

Homework Assignment #11 , Due Nov. 15, 2013 in
discussion.

Homework Assignment #12 , Due Nov. 22, 2013 in
discussion.

Homework Assignment #13 , Due Dec. 2, 2013 in
discussion.

Homework Assignment #14 , Due Dec. 6, 2013 in
discussion.
Academic Integrity
The
University policy on academic integrity can be found at
http://sa.berkeley.edu/conduct/integrity. Any forms of cheating on
homework, quizzes or exams will be actively investigated and reported
to ensure honesty and fairness in the class.