Math 320: Linear Algebra and Differential Equations
(Webpage for Patrick Rault, T.A.)
Quizzes and Review material:
Copies of quizzes from all discussion sections will be posted here. You can use the quizzes which other sections took to help you study for the exams.
MIDTERM I MATERIAL:
Slope field program
Quiz 1, Tuesday Quiz 1, Thursday
Quiz 2, Tuesday Quiz 2, Thursday
Quiz 3, Tuesday Quiz 3, Thursday
Review sheet for midterm 1
Practice exam: see Professor Jones' website
Review Session for 1st Midterm:
Thursday October 11th, 6-7:30pm in 5208 Social Sciences building
Review video for first midterm (split into 4 parts, total 600mb)
Extra Office Hour for 1st Midterm: Wednesday October 10th, 5-6pm in my office (620 Van Vleck)
Review session for 2nd midterm:
Review video for 2nd midterm Wednesday November 14th, 8-9:30pm in B102 Van Vleck building
Extra Office Hour for 2nd Midterm: Thursday November 15th, 5-6pm in my office (620 Van Vleck)
FINAL EXAM MATERIAL:
Note that the final exam is CUMULATIVE (i.e. it covers the whole semester's material). Specifically, there will be a slight emphasis on material covered since midterm 2 (about 40% material since the last midterm, and 60% earlier material).
Quiz 6, Tuesday Quiz 6, Thursday
Quiz 7, Tuesday Quiz 7, Thursday (minor typos - e.g. in the second quiz x and f should have vector signs above them)
Review session for final exam:
Wednesday December 12th, 6-7:30pm in B130 Van Vleck (the same room as our lectures).
Review video for final exam
Alternate review session (by the other TA): Saturday 2pm. Location TBA
Extra Office Hour for Final:
Tuesday December 11th, 9:50-10:50am in my office (620 Van Vleck)
I will also be available on Thursday the 13th, from 5:30pm until at least 7pm (but likely 11pm) in the College Library Computer Lab (on the left as you walk in, across from the front desk, at the video station computers, where I will be compiling the review session video).
On Saturday December 15th I have office hours from 12-2pm and 4-5pm.
A friend, Noah Kieserman (who has been a lecturer for linear algebra) has agreed to have an office hour for me on Sunday December 16h at 10am in 420 Van Vleck as I will be unavailable that day. He is very kind and helpful, so I urge you to take advantage of this opportunity.
I (and most teachers) do not hold office hours on exam days.
If few of these times are compatible with your schedule, I urge you to go to Professor Jones' and TA Melanie Ruiz' office hours (listed on professor Jones' website)
All office hours will be held in my office, 620 Van Vleck, unless otherwise stated. My office hours are at the following times, and by appointment.
Tuesdays: 12:20pm - 1:10pm
Fridays: 1pm - 1:50pm
Professor Jones' office hours are available here.
I expect most special appointments to be close to exams, and I will advertise most special appointments to the whole class as an extra office hour.
Everyone can benefit from office hours, and in fact the best students come to them to ask deeper questions.
Feel free to drop by and just hang out, though it is best to come with a list of questions. Its best to use your homework to figure out what types of problems you have trouble with and to isolate which part of the problems are causing that trouble. When working on your homework, I recommend (1) writing down the problems you don't understand, (2) going back and looking for common characteristics of these problems, (3) grouping them into problem types, (4) re-attempting the problems with your newfound knowledge, and finally (5) coming to me with well-thought out questions.
I do not have a syllabus this semester because Professor Jones has put a lot of time into his. Click here to see his website.
Non-course math links:
Puzzles, Games, Magic, and Math
Study Abroad programs in Mathematics
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