Tu Th 2:10-3:30 PM,
10 Evans Hall
- Course control number 54443
Matrices, vector spaces, linear transformations, inner products,
determinants. Eigenvectors. QR factorization. Quadratic forms and
Rayleigh's principle. Jordan canonical form, applications. Linear
I have taught Math 110 four times before:
Each course page has links to problems and solutions for
the exams in the course.
Note that the honors class had shorter midterms (50 minutes instead
of 80 minutes) and presumably harder questions than are typical for
Math 110. The Fall, 2008 class used
the Axler textbook
instead of our textbook.
At Cal, we have settled on two textbooks for our Math 110 courses:
Algebra Done Right and
by Friedberg, Insel and Spence.
These are both excellent books. This semester, we are
using the Friedberg
book, fourth edition.
Please see the authors'
fourth edition page
for information about changes between the third and fourth editions
and for the
various printings of the fourth edition. (The later printings
correct errors found in the earlier printings. On the other hand,
they occasionally introduce new errors!)
in this course will be based on a composite
grade that includes the three exams and your homework scores.
I am thinking of the following mix: 15% each midterm exam, 20% homework,
50% final exam.
The last time I taught Math 110 in 10 Evans,
I gave out around 32% As, 36% Bs, 16% Cs and
16% D-F-I. Some of the students who failed had probably dropped the
course before the final exam.
In Fall, 2008 (where there were only 34 students), the percentages were:
32% As, 35% Bs, 26% Cs, 6% D-F.
Syllabus and homework
The iCal calendar
for our course will provide brief descriptions of each lecture in
the semester as well as the homework assignments that will be due each
After some preliminary discussion by email, we have decided to carry out
course-related discussions on the Math 110 google group:
I have attempted to add to the group all students who were registered
for the course as of January 5, 2010.
If you are not already registered for the group but wish to join,
please navigate to
and sign yourself up.
You can look at old postings to see the sort of issues that we
discussed in past versions of the course. You might enjoy looking
file for the honors course that I taught in fall, 2003.