Mathematics 54
Spring, 2007
Tu Th 3:30-5 PM, 1 Pimentel

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; first-order differential equations with constant coefficients. Fourier series and partial differential equations.
Professor Kenneth A. Ribet
Telephone: (510) 642-0648
Fax: (510) 642-8204
Office hours (885 Evans Hall)
photo of Ken Ribet

Head TA

The Head TA for Math 54 is Richard Dore. Please see his Math 53/54 Enrollment Page for information about enrollment or changing discussion sections.

Discussion Sections

Section Time Room GSI
201 8AM 85 Evans J Zhu
202 8AM 2 Evans D Penneys
203 9AM 5 Evans D Penneys
204 9AM 75 Evans J Zhu
205 10AM 433 Latimer J Blanchard
206 11AM 3109 Etcheverry D Penneys
207 11AM 5 Evans L Martirosyan
208 11AM B51 Hildebrand J Haletky
209 Noon 5 Evans L Martirosyan
210 Noon B51 Hildebrand J Haletky
211 1PM 109 Morgan M Tohaneaunu
212 1PM 5 Evans R Burstein
213 2PM 87 Evans S Mkrtchyan
214 2PM 5 Evans R Burstein
215 8AM 9 Evans J Blanchard
216 3PM 7 Evans S Mkrtchyan
217 9AM 189 Dwinelle M Catlin
218 2PM 35 Evans J Yu
219 9AM 186 Barrows J Yu
220 11AM 2 Evans D Zywina
221 2PM 237 Cory M Catlin
222 Noon 179 Dwinelle N Hallquist
223 1PM 203 Wheeler N Hallquist


Both books are available in custom paperback editions that were created for U.C. Berkeley. For the Hill book, we will be discussing the first five chapters: introduction to linear equations and matrices; vector spaces; linear transformations, orthogonal projections, and least squares; eigenvectors and eigenvalues. The author has a list of errata online; consult it if you think you've spotted a misprint. In the differential equations book, we will be covering a host of topics, including: ordinary differential equations; systems of ordinary differential equations; connections with eigenvalues; Fourier series; partial differential equations.


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.


A calendar of course events, including brief descriptions of lecture topics, is 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 pop-up window will supply the relevant description and the associated homework assignment. Please note, in particular, the following important items: For old Math 54 midterm and final exams, look first at the home page for the course that I taught three semesters ago and then at 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. For example, I searched our google group for discussions from Fall, 2005. Note that our midterm exams are 75-minute exams, whereas some that you will find are 50-minute exams.

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: assignments from the Tuesday lectures will be due on Friday, while assignments from the Thursday lectures will be due on Monday. There will be a weekly quiz in the discussion section.

Online discussion

Google Groups Math54
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Please register for google groups and join the group Math 54.


We will organize some Math 54 lunches in the DCs. See my lunch page or facebook album for photos from Fall, 2005. (You can visit my profile and might possibly want to friend me.)

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