Math 2J (44450, 44465) - Fall 2010

Linear Algebra and Infinite Series

Lecturer Neil Donaldson
Office Rowland Hall 440U
Office Hours 12-1 & 2-3pm MWF

Lecture Times
Class Lecture Time Location Final
Lecture B (44450) MWF 11-11.50am SSL 228 Dec 10th 8-10am
Lecture C (44465) MWF 1-1.50pm HH 178 Dec 8th 1.30-3.30pm

Discussion Times
Class Time Location Teaching Assistant Email Office Office Hours
Discussion 20 (44455) TuTh 12-12.50pm ICF 103 Sho Seto RH 480 Th 11-12, 2-3
Discussion 21 (44460) TuTh 3-3.50pm ET 202 " " " "
Discussion 30 (44470) TuTh 8-8.50am RH 114 Chris Marx RH 428 M 2.15-3.15
F 3.30-4.30
Discussion 31 (44475) TuTh 4-4.50pm MSTB 120 " " " "

Chris can also be found in the Tutoring Center (RH 594) on Wed and Fri 8-9a.m.
Make sure you don't get the discussion classes and exams mixed up for the two lecture classes. You must go to the correct discussion class to hand in your homework and you must go to the correct final for your section.

Syllabus & Course Text
The course covers the following topics: Systems of linear equations: matrix operations; determinants; eigenvalues and eigenvectors. Infinite sequences and series; Taylor series; Convergence tests. We will be covering most of chapters 1, 2 and 6 of Steven J. Leon's Linear Algebra with Applications 8th Ed and chapter 12 of James Stewart's Multivariable Calculus 6th Ed. Both books are availble in shortened custom UCI editions containing just the relevant chapters. You should buy the full Linear Algebra text if you plan on taking Math 3A in the future (3A covers the remaining chapters, so all math majors and interested others should obtain the full book). You may already have the multi-variable calculus text because of Math 2A-E (it is part of the full Stewart mega-Calculus book). Homework questions will be set directly from the books, so you must make sure you have access to a copy.
For a more detailed syllabus click here

Assessment How to learn Mathematics
There is only one way to do this successfully: do lots of questions. Learning math is like sports in that you get better by repetition. I don't curve (see Stupid Questions below) so you should not consider yourself in competition with the rest of the class. Use them, ask them questions, discuss your homework answers, form study groups, etc. If you think you know how to do something be prepared to explain it to someone else - only if you can do this successfully do you really understand a concept thoroughly, so don't hoard your answers.
The most important thing you can do, beyond doing lots of questions, is to make sure you really understand the definitions. I will write exams that test some of the subtleties of the definitions. If your method of study is to learn 5 or 6 `standard' questions in the hope that the exams will simply have questions of exactly the same type with different numbers then you'll fail badly. I'm testing your understanding of the concepts of the class, not whether you're a trained monkey who can substitute numbers into formulas without engaging your brain. Do the homework questions, do more questions (especially the harder questions that make you think about concepts), when you get stuck ask about them in discussion or office hours, and make sure you really know the definitions and theorems.

Class Policies
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