Mathematics
54
Spring, 2008
M W F 3:104 PM, 155 Dwinelle

CourseWeb page for this lecture

Enrollment
information
Basic linear algebra; matrix arithmetic and determinants. Vector
spaces; inner product spaces. Eigenvalues and eigenvectors;
linear transformations. Homogeneous ordinary differential
equations; firstorder differential equations with constant
coefficients. Fourier series and partial differential equations.
Head TA
The Head TA for Math 54 will be announced in January, 2008.
Please see this person
for information about enrollment or
changing discussion sections.
Discussion Sections
All discussion sections meet Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Section 
Time 
Room 
GSI 
201 
8AM 
30 Wheeler 
TBA 
202 
9AM 
87 Evans 
TBA 
203 
9AM 
4 Evans 
TBA 
204 
10AM 
321 Haviland 
TBA 
205 
11AM 
321 Haviland 
TBA 
206 
2PM 
4 Evans 
TBA 
207 
2PM 
3 Evans 
TBA 
208 
2PM 
9 Evans 
TBA 
209 
4PM 
75 Evans 
TBA 
210 
5PM 
75 Evans 
TBA 
211 
5PM 
85 Evans 
TBA 
212 
8AM 
5 Evans 
TBA 
213 
1 PM 
2030 VLSB 
TBA 
214 
11AM 
224 Wheeler 
TBA 
215 
9AM 
237 Cory 
TBA 
216 
2PM 
283 Dwinelle 
TBA 
217 
Noon 
246 Dwinelle 
TBA 
218 
2PM 
5 Evans 
TBA 
219 
4PM 
246 Dwinelle 
TBA 
220 
Noon 
203 Wheeler 
TBA 
Textbooks
Look to buy custom paperback editions that were created
for U.C. Berkeley.
Grading
Grades
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
quizzes)
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.
Exams
Midterms will be given in class, probably on March 3, 2008 and
April 11, 2008. The final exam is 58PM 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
Spring, 2007.
Some other
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
our google
group for "old midterm" discussions.
If an old midterm seems long, check to see whether it was
a 50 or an 80minute exam.
Calendar
A calendar of course events, including brief
descriptions of lecture topics, will be available in .html format or as
an iCal
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 popup window will supply the relevant description
and the associated homework assignment.
Homework and quizzes
The homework
assignments will consist of roughly 1518 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.
Online discussion
Please register for google groups and join the
group Math
54.
Lunch
During my previous Math 54 courses,
I organized
some Math 54 lunches
in the DCs.
See my lunch
page for photos of the lunches in Fall, 2005.
(An alternative source is
Math
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.
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