Ma 1b-pr:  Calculus of One and Several Variables and Linear Algebra


Registration for Winter term opens Thursday, November 17, 2016.

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This course is about vector spaces and matrices.  We will introduce these two important concepts in companion with discussing systems of linear equations.  Other topics include determinants, eigenvalues and eigenspaces, inner product spaces, Jordan canonical form.

Here is a detailed syllabus.



MWF 10:00 - 10:55, 119 Kerckhoff.


Xinwen Zhu
176 Sloan


Section 1 - Karlming Chen
Office Hours: Sunday, 5 - 6 PM
158 Sloan, 626-395-4373
Thursdays, 9:00 - 9:55 AM
257 Sloan
Section 3 - Peter Burton
Office Hours: Friday, 5 - 6 PM
156 Sloan, 626-395-6805
Thursdays, 10:00 - 10:55 AM
119 Downs
Section 4 - Victor Zhang
Office Hours: Saturday, 11AM -12 PM
155 Sloan, 626-395-4081
Thursdays, 10:00 - 10:55 AM
B111 Downs
Section 5 - Corina Panda (Head T.A.)
Office Hours: Sunday, 9 - 10 PM
158 Sloan, 626-395-4373
Thursdays, 13:00 - 13:55 AM
155 Arms
Section 6 - Corina Panda (Head T.A.)
Office Hours: Sunday, 9 - 10 PM
158 Sloan, 626-395-4373
Thursdays, 10:00 - 10:55 AM
103 Downs
Section 7 - Joshua Lieber
Office Hours: Saturday, 5 - 6 PM
274 Sloan, 626-395-4346
Thursdays, 14:00 - 14:55 AM
B111 Downs


Friday, 3 - 4 PM or by appointment



Roughly 40% homework, 30% midterm, and 30% final. Typically, the pass-fail line has been approximately 60%. Those with high scores on the homework and midterm will be excused from the final. In the past those with about 90% of the possible points on homework and midterm have been excused.

Homework Policy

Students may work together on homework problems but must write up their own homework in their own words and hopefully understand the solution.

Homework will be assigned every Monday (except the first one, which will be assigned on January 4 Wednesday) and will be due on the following Monday 10am (if Monday is a holiday, it will be due on Tuesday 10am) in your section homework box outside Room 253 Sloan. At most one late homework set will be accepted, and only at your TA's discretion, if arrangements have been made in advance with your TA, and if the work is less than a week late. Other than in exceptional circumstances, homework will not be accepted more than a week after the deadline.

Graded homework sets will be handed back in your section (and will be available during TA Office Hours). Solutions will be posted on the web.

Many of the problems which will be assigned this year in Math 1b, also were assigned in previous years in Math 1b. Do not consult the solution sets from previous years in working.


Go to the recitations! Some weeks, a portion of the recitation may be dedicated to introducing some computational (or even theoretical) aspect which the Instructor will not have time to present in class. In general, get to know your TA and bug him/her to death (figuratively speaking) with your questions, and try to fill in all the holes in your understanding of the subject.


Linear Algebra Done Wrong, by Serge Treil


Date Description


Due Date Homework Solutions
1/09 HW1  
1/17 HW2  
1/23 HW3  
1/30 HW4  
2/13 HW5  
2/21 HW6  
2/27 HW7  
3/06 HW8  


Midterm exams will be available in Room 253 Sloan at 11am on Friday, February 03 , and will be due at 10am on Monday, February 06, 2017.

Stduents excused from the final exam will be informed on March 10, 2017.

Final exams will be available in Room 253 Sloan on Monday morning March 13, 2017, and will be due on Friday noon, March 17, 2017. No extension will be allowed.