Mathematics
54
Spring, 2007
Tu Th 3:305 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; firstorder differential equations with constant
coefficients. Fourier series and partial differential equations.
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 
Textbooks
 Elementary linear algebra with applications by
Richard Hill
 Elementary differential equations and boundary value problems
by William E. Boyce and Richard C. PiPrima (8th edition)
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.
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.
Calendar
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 popup window will supply
the relevant description and the associated homework assignment.
Please note, in particular, the following important items:
 First midterm exam, Thursday, February 15, 2007; in 50 Birge
for students of R. Burstein (sections 212, 214) and students of
J. Haletky (sections 208, 210) and in 1 Pimentel for other students.
[Questions and possible solutions, written by
Ribet.]
 Last midterm exam, Tuesday, April 3, 2007, in the same
exam rooms as the first midterm.
[Questions and possible solutions, written by
Ribet.]
 Final examination, Friday 12:303:30PM, May 18, 2007.
[Questions and possible solutions, written by
Ribet.]
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 75minute exams, whereas some that
you will find are 50minute exams.
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:
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
Please register for
google groups
and join the group
Math 54.
Lunch
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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