M W F 3:10-4 PM, 155 Dwinelle
CourseWeb page for this lecture
Basic linear algebra; matrix arithmetic and determinants. Vector
spaces; inner product spaces. Eigenvalues and eigenvectors;
linear transformations. Homogeneous ordinary differential
equations; first-order differential equations with constant
coefficients. Fourier series and partial differential equations.
The Head TA for Math 54 will be announced in January, 2008.
Please see this person
for information about enrollment or
changing discussion sections.
All discussion sections meet Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Look to buy custom paperback editions that were created
for U.C. Berkeley.
in this course will be based on a composite
grade that is intended to weight
the course components as follows:
midterm exams 15% each, class work (including homework and
25%, final exam 45%.
In two recent semesters of Math 54, the grade distribution was
roughly as follows:
24% A, 35% B, 24% C, 17% D/F.
Midterms will be given in class, probably on March 3, 2008 and
April 11, 2008. The final exam is 5-8PM on May 19, 2008. Mark your
calendars, and please plan to be in Berkeley on those dates.
For old Math 54 midterm
and final exams, look first at the
exam links in the
home pages for my Math 54 courses in
Fall, 2005 and in
Math 54 home pages that are listed in Richard Borcherds's archive of old
math course web pages.
You will undoubtedly find more exams by
using search engines. In particular, you can search
group for "old midterm" discussions.
If an old midterm seems long, check to see whether it was
a 50- or an 80-minute exam.
Calendar A calendar of course events, including brief
descriptions of lecture topics, will be available in .html format or as
calendar. The calendar will be updated frequently with
descriptions of lectures that are about to be given (or have just
been given). When you click on the "Math 54 Lecture" link for a
given date, a pop-up window will supply the relevant description
and the associated homework assignment.
Homework and quizzes The homework
assignments will consist of roughly 15-18 short problems for each
lecture. The list of problems will be posted in the information
section of the iCal event corresponding to a given lecture. The
assignments will be due in discussion section.
There will be a
weekly quiz in the discussion section.
Please register for google groups and join the
LunchDuring my previous Math 54 courses,
some Math 54 lunches
in the DCs.
See my lunch
page for photos of the lunches in Fall, 2005.
(An alternative source is
54, Book 0.)
Photos of the Spring, 2007 lunches can be found embedded in
my facebook photo albums Math 54, Book I, Math 54, Book II and Math 54, Book III.
If there is significant demand, I will organize
some lunches again this semester.