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MATH 170B, lecture A

Spring 2022

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


  • Jun 1: Final on Jun 8, 8-11 am. Please see the syllabus for details.
  • May 13: Quiz 2 on May 20. Material: 6.3, 6.4, 6.5, 6.6, 7.1 (essentially lectures 13, 15-21). See details in the syllabus.
  • April 22: Midterm on April 29, 5-6 pm in HSS 1330. Material: 3.3, 3.4, 6.1, 6.2. See details in the syllabus.
  • April 8: Quiz 1 on April 15. Material: 1.1, 1.2, 3.1, 3.2 (essentially lecture 1-7). See details in the syllabus.
  • March 28: Welcome to MATH 170B! Please make sure to read all of the course information on this website.

Course information

  • Course type: This class is in-person. Recordings of all lectures will be made available to enrolled students through UCSD's podcasting system. See details in the syllabus.
  • Catalog description: Rounding and discretization errors. Calculation of roots of polynomials and nonlinear equations. Interpolation. Approximation of functions.
  • Prerequisites: MATH 170A. You should have solid calculus knowledge (there will be proofs), you should know basic programming (as taught in MATH170A). See the syllabus for details.
  • Textbook: D. Kincaid and W. Cheney, Numerical Analysis: Mathematics of Scientific Computing, Third Edition. 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 see the Piazza website. All enrolled students have been signed up.


Name Role Email Section Office hour
Caroline Moosmüller Instructor cmoosmueller (at) ucsd (dot) edu A00 MW 10-11 am (in APM 5829)
F on zoom (link in Canvas)
Varun Khurana TA vkhurana (at) ucsd (dot) edu A03, A04 Th 10 am - 12 pm
Dhruv Kohli TA dhkohli (at) ucsd (dot) edu A01, A02 M 12:30-2:30 pm on zoom (link in Canvas)

Class meetings

Note that all discussion sections cover the same material, so it is enough to join one of the discussion sections.

You may attend the office hours of any and all instructors, regardless of discussion section enrollment.

Attendance is not mandatory, but highly recommended!

Meeting type Instructor Date Time Place
Lecture A00 Caroline Moosmüller MWF 9-9:50 am HSS 1330
Discussion A01 Dhruv Kohli Th 5-5:50 pm APM 2402
Discussion A02 Dhruv Kohli Th 6-6:50 pm APM 2402
Discussion A03 Varun Khurana Th 1-1:50 pm APM 2402
Discussion A04 Varun Khurana Th 2-2:50 pm APM 2402
Office hour Caroline Moosmüller MWF 10-11 am MW in APM 5829, F on zoom (link in Canvas)
Office hour Varun Khurana Th 10 am - 12 pm Zoom (link in Canvas)
Office hour Dhruv Kohli M 12:30-2:30 pm Zoom (link in Canvas)

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.