115A Linear Algebra (Section 3), Spring 2013

Instructor: Igor Pak

Class schedule: MS 5117, MWF 1-1:50 pm

Midterms: April 26 (Friday), May 20 (Monday)

Final exam: June 13, 2013 (Thursday), 11:30 am - 2:30 pm.

Exam rules: No make-up exams will be given. Requests for regrading must be made no later than 1 week after the midterm is returned. The final exam must be taken in order to receive a passing grade. All exams are closed books. No calculators, cheat sheets, cell phones, web accessories, rulers, magic wands, etc. will be allowed on the exams. You must bring a working pen or a pencil, and your UCLA ID card to every exam. You can also bring an eraser (optional), but nothing else.

Office Hours: MS 6125, Mon 2:00-3:30 pm.

TA: Andrew Soffer (MS 3955)
TA Office Hours: Tue 2-3, Fri 12-1.

Textbooks: Friedberg, Linear Algebra (4th Custom UCLA Edition)
See here.

Grading: Home Assignments 20%, Midterms 20%+20%, Final 40%
The resulting numerical grade will be converted to a letter grade based on class ranking, according to departmental guidelines. Grades will be recorded using the MyUCLA gradebook.

Difficulty: This is designed to be a standard introductory course in Linear Algebra. Some familiarity with Calculus is assumed.


Weekly home assignments will be posted on the class webpage, and will be collected Wednesdays in the beginning of a lecture. The lowest homework grade will be dropped. No late homeworks will be accepted.

Discussion Sections

The discussion section will be a time for students to get help with homework and gain additional mastery of the problems. The attendance is strongly recommended.

Collaboration Policy

For the homeworks, you can form discussion groups of up to 5 people each. In fact, I would like to encourage you to do that. You can discuss problems but have to write your own separate solutions. You should write the list of people in you group on top of each HA.


Cheating is a serious violation of UCLA policies. Please read here and here. Students caught cheating will be reported and suffer the consequences. Do NOT cheat!! Don't even think about it!


Any issues about grading for homeworks or exams must be addressed to your TA within one week after the return date. After that time no score changes will be allowed. Issues with the Final and the final grade must be addressed to the instructor within a year.

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Last updated 4/18/2013