Course Syllabus of MATH 270A, Fall 2013


Instructor: Prof. Jiawang Nie
Office: AP&M 5864.
Phone: (858) 534-6015.
Email: njw "AT"
Office hours: 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm, Mondays and Wednesdays.


Time: 1:00 - 1:50 on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays
Location: APM 5402 on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays

TA Contact Info

Gautam Wilkins: OH 12-1pm Tuesdays & Thursdays, APM 5712, Email:

Course Description

The standard problems whose numerical solution we will study are systems of linear equations, least squares problems, eigenvalue problems, and singular value problems. Techniques for dense and sparse problems will be covered; it is impossible to cover these areas comprehensively, but students should still come to appreciate many state-of-the-art techniques and recognize when to consider applying them. We will also learn basic principles applicable to a variety of numerical problems, and apply them to the four standard problems.


Consent by Instructor.


Applied Numerical Linear Algebra by J. Demmel, published by SIAM, 1997.

Homework Assignments

Homework will be assigned online and collected in class.
  • Homework Assignment #1, due on 10/11/2013
    Chapter One: 1.3, 1.6, 1.8, 1.10, 1.11, 1.16 (except part 3).
  • Homework Assignment #2, due on 10/28/2013
    Chapter two: 2.2, 2.3, 2.7, 2.10, 2.13, 2.18, 2.19
  • Homework Assignment #3, due on 11/18/2013
    Chapter three: 3.4, 3.6, 3.7, 3.9, 3.12, 3.13, 3.14, 3.15
  • Homework Assignment #4, due on 12/06/2013
    Chapter four: 4.2, 4.4, 4.6, 4.7, 4.8, 4.9, 4.10, 4.13
  • Please write your names, ID nubmers, and section numbers on your homework, and staple together your homework pages.


    There will be no written exams in this class.


    The final course grade will be based on the performance of completing homework assignments.

    Academic Integrity

    Every student is expected to conduct themselves with academic integrity. Any kind of cheatings is not allowed in this course. Violations of academic integrity will be treated seriously.

    See UCSD Policy on Integrity of Scholarship.