DSP students: your final will be at 736 Evans, starting at 5:30PM on May 11, 2011.
Final Exam: Due to space limitations, both Math 54 section 2 and Plantbi 13 section 1 are scheduled to have final examinations in 100 Haas Pavilion on Wednesdayday, May 11th, from 7:00pm to 10:00pm. The seating capacity is 990. See space allotment plan for 100 Haas Pavilion. We will occupy the front section of the gymnasium and Plantbi 13 will occupy the back section (there are about 60 of them.)
In this course, we will learn some of the most basic concepts in
linear algebra and differential equations, two different but related
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
time-dependent differential equations. Linear algebra will
provide the basic tools necessary to solve these
differential equations (most commonly) on a computer.
This information document covers the following subjects: how to contact the staff, Prerequisites, Math 49, textbook,
handouts, course work and
grading, Sample Exams, homework assignments, and quiz 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 the instructor directly or
email the Director of Student Services, Barbara Peavy,
at firstname.lastname@example.org. l
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 4:00-5:00PM, W 1:00-2:00PM or by appointment.
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 that differential equations material (Stewart,
Calculus: Early Transcendentals for Berkeley, Chapters 9 and
17) on their own. Please contact me if you have any concerns
on this policy.
Math 49 Options
You can take this course as Math 49 with reduced credits if
you would like to take only the linear algebra part or only
the ODE part of the course. However, please note that we
spend about 2/3 of the time on linear algebra. We also spend
1/3 of the time on ODE and ask the students to learn
much of ODE material on their own if they did not have the
necessary background (see prerequisites). As is required by
the Math Department, we would need to sign an individual
contact for every Math 49 student.
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/MA54S2011
Course Work and Grading
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 35 points. All exams will be graded by the GSIs and myself. In addition to exams, there will be up to 5 quizzes and 13 homeworks, with quiz worth 3 points and each homework 1 point.Only the best 10 homeworks will be counted towards the final grade. Homeworks are due on Wednesdays.See below for the list of quiz days. Most of the quiz problems will be similar to homeworks in levels of difficulty. See below for quiz dates.
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 45.
Quiz and Exam Dates
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 or quizzes. We will give no credit for written homework turned in after the due date. The only exception to this policy is medical or personal emergencies.
Since quiz problems are chosen by the GSIs individually, there likely
will be differences in levels of difficulties in them. To maintain a
high level of fairness, we will scale the quiz grades so that each
discussion section will have the same mean and standard deviation for
overall quiz grades. Your final letter grade will be
determined based on your own performance. I hope everyone
will excel in this course.
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