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MATH 170A, lecture A

Fall 2021

Disclaimer: This is the website of lecture A. Lecture B runs in parallel and is taught by Michael Holst. Before continuing on this website, please make sure you are actually enrolled in lecture A.


  • Nov 29: Final on December 8 in HSS 1330. Last name A-LO: 8-9 am; last name LP-Z: 10-11 am. Material: Everything taught in this class (focus on later chapters). Please see the syllabus for details.
  • Nov 12: Quiz 2 on Nov 19. Material: 3.4, 2.2/2.3, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3. Please see the syllabus for details.
  • Oct 20: Midterm on October 29. Material: 1.8, 1.4, 1.5, 2.1, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3. Please see the syllabus for details.
  • Oct 4: Quiz 1 on October 8. Material: 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.7. Please see the syllabus for details.
  • Sep 17: Welcome to MATH 170A! Please make sure to read all of the course information on this website before the first lecture on Sep 24.

Course information

  • Course type: This class is planned as an in-person class. Note that we might have to switch to remote instructions at any point during the quarter if the public health situation changes. Podcasting and remote discussion sections will be available. See details in the syllabus.
  • Catalog description: Analysis of numerical methods for linear algebraic systems, least squares problems, orthogonalization methods, eigenvalues and singular value decomposition.
  • Prerequisites: MATH 18 or MATH 20F or MATH 31AH (i.e. some version of linear algebra), and MATH 20C (calculus 3). Familiarity with basic programming (i.e. for-loops) is assumed, familiarity with MATLAB would be very helpful (see the syllabus for details).
  • Textbook: Fundamentals of Matrix Computation, by David Watkins, 3rd edition (2nd edition also ok). Lecture notes will be available as well. The lecture notes are an addition to the textbook, they do not replace it.
  • Piazza: We will be using Piazza for course related questions. Please sign up to join the group.


Name Role Email Section Office hour
Caroline Moosmüller Instructor cmoosmueller (at) ucsd (dot) edu A00 MWF 10-11 am
Varun Khurana TA vkhurana (at) ucsd (dot) edu A01, A02 Tue 12-2 pm
Harish Kannan TA hkannan (at) ucsd (dot) edu A03, A04 M 2-4 pm

Class meetings

Meeting type Instructor Date Time Place
Lecture A00 Caroline Moosmüller MWF 9-9:50 am HSS 1330
Discussion A01 Varun Khurana M 5-5:50 pm remote via zoom (link in Canvas)
Discussion A02 Varun Khurana M 6-6:50 pm remote via zoom (link in Canvas)
Discussion A03 Harish Kannan M 7-7:50 pm WLH 2115
Discussion A04 Harish Kannan M 8-8:50 pm WLH 2115
Office hour Caroline Moosmüller MWF 10-11 am MW in office (APM 5829)
F on zoom (link in Canvas)
Office hour Harish Kannan M 2-4 pm zoom (link in Canvas)
Office hour Varun Khurana Tue 12-2 pm zoom (link in Canvas)

Classroom rules

If you plan to attend in-person meetings (lecture, discussion section, office hours), note the following UCSD rules (Return to Learn Campus plan), which the instructors will enforce:

  • Masking: All students and instructors must wears masks indoors. Please see the above website to learn which types of masks are allowed.
  • No eating or drinking. Specific instructions from UCSD: "Instructors may take hydration breaks while lecturing. Students should step outside to hydrate, if needed, during class".

Lecture notes, homework, discussion sections

Lecture notes will be made available on Canvas under Files.

There will be weekly homework. See the syllabus for details.

Discussion section problems will be posted on Canvas a few days before discussion sections take place. You should try to attempt the problems yourself before joining discussion sections (this will help you solve the homework). Solutions to the problems will also be posted to Canvas afterwards.