PAUL BALMER
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UCLA 




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MATH 115A - LINEAR ALGEBRA - Fall 2017 - Lectures 3 and 4.
DO NOT TAKE THIS CLASS IF YOU HAVE A TIME CONFLICT WITH ANY OF THE EXAMS!
Schedule & TAs
Lecture 3: MWF 10-10:50, MS 5147. TA: Don Laackman.
Lecture 4: MWF 11-11:50, MS 5147. TA: Redmond McNamara.
Office hours: W+R 12:40-1:30 pm.
Textbook
S. Friedberg, et al, Linear Algebra, Custom UCLA 4th Ed., Prentice Hall. See details at UCLA store.
Calendar and outline
Week 0-1: §§ 1.2-1.4: Vector spaces and subspaces. Linear combinations.
Week 2: §§ 1.5-1.6: Linear (in)dependence, bases and dimension.
Week 3: §§ 2.1-2.2: Linear transformations and matrices. (Friday October 20: Midterm 1)
Week 4: § 2.3: Composition and matrix multiplication.
Week 5: §§ 2.4-2.5 & § 4.4: Invertibility and change of coordinates. Recalling determinants.
Week 6: §§ 5.1-5.2: Eigenvalues and eigenvectors. Diagonalizability.
Week 7: § 5.2 & § 6.1: Diagonalizability. Inner products. Review.
Week 8: (Monday November 20: Midterm 2) § 6.1: Norms.
Week 9: §§ 6.2-6.3: Gram-Schmidt. Adjoint operators.
Week 10: §§ 6.4: Normal and self-adjoint operators. Review.
Testing
Weekly homework due every Friday in class - see details below.
1st midterm: Friday, October 20, in class.
2nd midterm: Monday, November 20, in class.
Final exam: Saturday, December 9
, 11:30 am - 2:30 pm, in room TBA.

Missed it?
If you miss an exam or a homework deadline, don't worry! The system is flexible: You can miss two homework without consequences. Also, if you miss one midterm, your final will simply weigh more. Things happen - I understand. However, instead of giving make-up exams, I build in some flexibility in the grading scheme. So, you don't need to come and tell me what happened because there will be NO MAKE-UP AT ALL, under no circumstances, neither for homework, nor for the midterms, nor for the final exam.
Grading
Homework will simply record regularity of your work, independently of the quality. So, do not waste your time copying other people's work! Returning 8 out of the 10 weekly homework gives you full HW score.
Midterms count for 15% each. However, if you do better on the final than on one of the midterms, your lowest midterm grade is dropped and the final counts 75% instead of 60%.
In short, your overall final grade will be the best of the following two variants:
  • 10% homework + 30% for both midterms + 60% final.
  • 10% homework + 15% best midterm + 75% final.
Regrades on midterms must be requested upon reception of your copy, no later than two weeks after the exam date. After this time, no requests for corrections will be honored.
Homework
The numbers correspond to problems in the corresponding section of the textbook.
Week Due date Exercises in textbook
1 Fri, Oct 6 § 1.2: Ex: 6, 7, 9, 15, 16, 19, 20, 22;
§ 1.3: Ex: 6, 8, 19, 24, 29, 30, 31.
§ 1.4: Ex: 2, 3, 8, 10, 12, 14, 15, 16;
2 Fri, Oct 13 § 1.5: Ex: 3, 6, 7, 13, 17, 18, 19;
§ 1.6: Ex: 4, 9, 11, 14, 15, 17, 22, 29, 32.
3 Fri, Oct 20 § 2.1: Ex: 3, 5, 11, 13, 14, 17, 18, 21, 24, 26, 31, 36.
4 Fri, Oct 27 § 2.2: Ex: 2, 3, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16;
5 Fri, Nov 3 § 2.3: Ex: 3, 4, 11, 12, 13, 16, 17;
§ 2.4: Ex: 2, 3, 4, 7, 9, 13, 14, 15, 17, 19, 23.
6 Wed, Nov 8 § 2.5: Ex: 3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14;
§ 4.4: Ex: 1, 3, 4, 5, 6.
7 Fri, Nov 17 § 5.1: Ex: 3, 4, 6, 7, 9, 12, 13, 22, 23;
§ 5.2: Ex: 3, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 16.
8 Wed, Nov 22 § 6.1: Ex: 2, 8, 9, 10, 12, 14, 15, 16, 18, 21.
9 Fri, Dec 1 § 6.2: Ex: 2, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 16, 17, 18;
§ 6.3: Ex: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14.
10 Fri, Dec 8 § 6.4: Ex: 3, 4, 6, 7, 9, 11, 13, 17, 21.

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