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Frequently asked questions

Who? : Nivedita Bhaskhar
Come again? : Call me N
What? : MATH 33A, Linear algebra and applications
When? : Lectures on MTW 11:00AM-12:50 P.M
Where? : KNSY PV 1220B
Do we have a TA ? : Yup. Bon-Soon Lin will head the discussion sessions, details of which are given below
1A: MS 5137 TR 9:00-9:50AM
1B: MS 5137 TR 10:00-10:50AM
(Tentative) Office hours T 1:00-2:00 P.M, R 11:00-12:00 noon
Which book do we follow? : O. Bretscher, Linear Algebra, 5th Ed., Prentice Hall.
What I have other questions? : We will be using Piazza's discussion forums. So please post all your questions, mathematical/logistical unless the questions are confidential
Where is the class Piazza page? : We are at https://piazza.com/ucla/summer2017/math33a/home
Can I email you nevertheless? : Yes. My id is nbhaskh AT math DOT ucla DOT edu (But please send short emails and not essays)
Do you check email at odd hours? : Yes, on M-R. Emails sent on Fri/weekends will probably get a delayed response
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) Office hours : M 4:30-5:30 PM, W 3:30-4:30 PM
Where is your office? : MS 6310

What are we learning?

You can check out the syllabus. A brief synopsis is:

Systems of linear equations, matrix algebra, linear independence, subspaces, bases and dimension, orthogonality, least-squares methods, determinants, eigenvalues and eigenvectors, matrix diagonalization, and symmetric matrices.

A, B, C, D, E or F

You have to get through 4 homework sets, 2 quizzes, 1 midterm and a cumulative final examination. You will each be awarded a numerical score based on the higher of the following two schemes:

Scheme I Scheme II
Homework 10 % 10 %
Quiz 10 % each 15 % (best of two)
Midterm 30 % 25 %
Final 40 % 50 %

The resulting numerical score will be converted to a letter grade based on class ranking following departmental guidelines. Roughly 25% of the class will get As, 33% of the class will get Bs and 33% will gets Cs. There are no extra credit options. All scores will be recorded in MyUCLA, which you are asked to check from time to time to ensure there are no oversights.

More about homework and quizzes

A homework set will be posted to the website each Wednesday at the beginning of class which will be due exactly one week later (i.e. by the next Wednesday, 11:00 AM). It will consist of practice problems (which will not count towards the grade) and mandatory problems (which will count towards the grade). Amongst the mandatory problems, selected problems chosen by the instructor will be graded. Late submissions will not be accepted and you will get a score of zero for such work. However the lowest homework score will be dropped while calculating your grade. Your name must be clearly displayed in the top right corner and be stapled if there are multiple pages. If your TA has difficulty in reading your answers, he/she will give you a score of zero, so please ensure you write legibly and neatly. You can work together (in groups of less than five), but please write up the solutions on your own.

There will be 2 ~twenty minute quizzes (one of which will be held during class hours and one in the discussion session on Tuesday). If you miss a quiz, you get a score of zero for it.

Grading disputes

If you feel that a mistake was made in grading your homework/quiz/exams or that these scores have been incorrectly inputted into MyUCLA, bring it to the attention of me within 10 days of the due date of the homework/the exam date.

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.

Asking (the right) questions in Piazza

To sign up, please follow the link -- https://piazza.com/ucla/summer2017/math33a.

You are encouraged to use the discussion forum in Piazza to ask both the mathematical and admin questions. This avoids repeat questions and will probably get quicker responses. Try not to email me unless you feel the question is confidential and requires a non-public answer. While asking math questions, ensure you are including all the relevant information in the question. (For instance, do not simply refer to Question X in HW Y but state what the problem is)

Exam dates

Quiz 1 July 5 In class
Midterm July 13 Discussion session
Quiz 2 July 25 Discussion session
Final Aug 2 11:00 A.M - 12:50 P.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

Parting words of wisdom, if any ?

Don't Panic