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MATHEMATICS 54
Professor Constantin
Teleman
8/27/09
Lecture 1
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ANNOUNCEMENTS
Welcome to Math 54, Linear Algebra and
Differential Equations! Everybody who has been to
the session yesterday should have one of these
syllabi already. My office hours and the homework
assignments are listed there. For those of you who
have missed it, I have some spare copies here. If it
is not enough, I can make some copies in my office.
Please pass around.
We have around 300 people in this room. If you
come by during my office hours, I can get to know
you better. For the waitlist issues, I don’t have any
news. You still have to following the enrollment
procedure. So keep contact with the
enrollment
coordinator
. Be aware that switching to a
discussion session with a
shorter waitlists
can give
you a better chance to get in.
LECTURE
Let me first talk about the subject of this course.
The two things we will cover are linear algebra and
differential equations. Linear algebra is essentially
everything. Everything in mathematics is first of all
linear algebra. Mathematical models in most things
that we know about in the sciences and human
directions use linear algebra that can make very
good approximations. Linear algebra is a subject we
learn once and never again, as opposed to calculus,
which has to be reviewed many times.
Grading
: If you cannot make your fist midterm, the
second midterm will count
double
. If you cannot
make your second midterm, the final will count for
more. You must notify me in advance for not
showing up, unfortunately. The reason for that is in
the past years, some students misunderstood my
purposes and they came in on the midterm day and
left if they didn’t like the exam. This is not I want
to see.
You have to give extremely reasonable
excuses for not taking the exams. It is not
acceptable for not turning in your exams if you
don’t do well.
Don’t worry about the grade. We
will consider your performance throughout the
whole semester and do the grade at the end. The
grade will be curved.
You must attend your sessions where you have to
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