MATH 170A: Numerical Linear Algebra
Fall quarter, 2006

General Information

Course Description Analysis of numerical methods for linear algebraic systems and least squares problems. Orthogonalization methods. Ill conditioned problems. Eigenvalue and singular value computations. Three lectures, one recitation.
Prerequisites Math 20F and knowledge of programming.
Textbook Timothy Sauer, Numerical Analysis, Pearson, 2006.
Note: We will only cover parts of Chapters 0, 2, 4, and 12.
Software MATLAB is the official mathematical software and programming tool of the class.
Lectures 1:00 pm - 1:50 pm, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, Warren Lecture Hall 2205.
Instructor Professor Bo Li
Office: AP&M 5723. Phone: (805) 534-6932. Email:
Office hours: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
Discussion Classes Session A01: 7:00 pm, Thursday, Warren Lecture Hall 2208.
Session A02: 8:00 pm, Thursday, Warren Lecture Hall 2208.
Teaching Assistants Session A01
    Hieu Nguyen
    Office: AP&M 6422. Phone: (858) 534-9067. Email:
    Office hours: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm, Tuesdays.
Session A02
    Jeremy Greene
    Office: AP&M 5412. Phone: (858) 534-9052. Email:
    Office hours: 11:00 am - 12:00 noon, Tuesdays and Thursdays.
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Homework Both analytical and computational. Assigned and graded regularly.

Note: no late homework will be accepted except a proved reasonable excuse (such as hospitalization, a family emergency, and a major religious activity) is provided.
Exams There will be one midterm and one final, close-book and close-note exams. The final exam will be cumulative.

    Midterm exam: 1:00 pm - 1:50 pm, Friday, October 27, Warren Lecture Hall 2205.
    Final exam: 11:30 am - 2:30 pm, Friday, December 8, Warren Lecture Hall 2205.

Note: neither rescheduled nor make-up exams will be allowed unless a written verification of a valid excuse (such as hospitalization, family emergency, religious observance, court appearance, etc.) is provided.
Grading The final course grade will be determined based on the exams and homework with the following weights: homework - 20%, midterm exam - 30%, and the final exam - 50%.

Last updated by Bo Li on September 22, 2006.