Frequently asked questions

Who? : Nivedita Bhaskhar
Come again? : Call me N
What? : MATH 115B, Linear Algebra
When? : Lectures on MWF 9:00-9:50 A.M and discussion sessions on R 9:00-9:50 A.M
Where? : Lectures in MS 5127 and discussion sessions in MS5147
Any prerequisites? : You need to have taken MATH 115A
Which book do we follow? : S. Friedberg, et al, Linear Algebra - 4th Ed, Prentice Hall.
Do you check email at odd hours? : Yes. My id is nbhaskh AT math DOT ucla DOT edu (But please send short emails and not essays)
I don't. Can I drop by your office instead? : Yes. But I may not be around all the time
You'll be there sometime, right? : (Tenative) Mondays 12-1 PM and Wednesdays 10-11 AM
Where is your office? : MS 6310
Do we have a TA? : Yup. Geunho Gim (Aiden) will head the discussion sessions on Thursdays. TA office hours will be updated soon
What on earth does the picture at the top mean? : That is on your first homework set

What are we learning?

You can check out the syllabus. The less than 140 character synopsis is :

All about vector spaces and linear transformations. WITH PROOFS.

A, B, C, D, E or F

You have to get through about 7 homework assignments (weekly!), 2 quizzes, 1 midterm and a final examination. Grading will be based on the higher of the following two schemes:

Scheme I Scheme II
Homework 10 % 10 %
Quizzes 10 % each 10 % (best of two)
Midterm 30% 20%
Final 40 % 60 %

More about homework

A homework set will be given to you each Friday at the beginning of class which will be due exactly one week later (i.e. by the next Friday, 10:00 AM). You can work together, but write the solutions in your own words, i.e. do NOT turn in word-for-word identical solutions. A sample of the problems will be graded and returned to you. Late submissions will not be accepted, nor will scans/photos of homework. You will get a score of zero for such work. However the lowest homework score will be dropped while calculating your grade.

Submitting homework

Grading disputes

If you feel that a mistake was made in grading your homework, quizzes or exams or that your scores have been incorrectly inputted into MyUCLA, bring it to my attention within 14 days from the date of the exam/quiz or due date of the homework. Any complaints received later will not be considered. Be aware that a re-grade means that your test will be graded from scratch, and it is entirely possible that you will receive a lower score than originally given, if I decide that the original grade was too high.

Rough class logs and homeworks

Exam dates

Quiz 1 April 20 9:25-9:50 A.M
Midterm May 10 9:00-9:50 A.M
Quiz 2 June 1 9:25-9:50 A.M
Final June 14 8:00-11:00 A.M

Tell me now, so I know : The Plan

We will broadly follow the recommended schedule. However there might be changes depending on the pace of our class.

The Unchangeables

Compulsory Conduct-Codes