Course Syllabus

MATH 91 Linear Algebra (Fall 2022)

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Course Description

This will be a first course in linear algebra, with an emphasis on topics most useful to students in Data Science and Statistics. Core material will include algebra and geometry of vectors and matrices; systems of linear equations; eigenvalues and eigenvectors; Gram-Schmidt and least squares; symmetric matrices and quadratic forms; singular value decomposition and other factorizations. Possible applications may include Markov chains and Perron-Frobenius, dimensionality reduction, and linear programming. Most material will be developed over the real numbers with their Euclidean geometry, with complex numbers and their Hermitian geometry introduced and utilized where helpful. The course will include lectures and discussion sections, weekly homework and quizzes, a midterm and a final exam. 

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We will be using notes in development for this course:

Gupta, Nadler & Paulin, Linear Algebra (version: December 9, 2022)

We will have a category on the Ed forum for helpful feedback: typos, suggestions, confusions, and contributions. Additionally, we will be thrilled to include useful material such as examples, pictures, exercises, etc provided by students.  

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Exams, Quizzes, and Homework


Midterm: during Thursday 9/29 lecture; to cover all material in Chapters 1-4.

Final Exam: Exam group 14, Thursday 12/15, 11:30am-2:30pm; to cover all course material.


There will be quizzes each week. They will be modeled on the sample quizzes contained in the modules.


Each week contains homework. You are encouraged to discuss ideas with other students. However, you must write and submit your solutions independently.


Gradescope will be used for submission of the homework. For instructions on how to scan and upload on Gradescope, see this video on submitting PDF homework and this handout with recommended scanning apps.


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Grading policy: Based on homework (10%), quizzes (30%), midterm (20%) and the final exam (40%).

We will drop your three lowest quiz scores and your three lowest homework scores.

Participation: We will not require attendance, but active participation in support of other students (for example, in asking and answering questions on the Ed discussion) will be used to raise your grade as possible.

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Course Policies

Academic honesty: You are expected to rely on your own knowledge and ability, and not use unauthorized materials or represent the work of others as your own. Protect your integrity and follow the honor code: "As a member of the UC Berkeley community, I act with honesty, integrity, and respect for others."

There will be no make-up exams or quizzes. No late homework will be accepted.

Grades of Incomplete will be granted only for dire medical or personal emergencies that cause you to miss the final, and only if your work up to that point has been satisfactory.

Students with Disabilities

If you require course accommodations due to a physical, emotional, or learning disability, contact UC Berkeley’s Disabled Students' Program (DSP). Notify the instructors and GSI through course email of the accommodations you would like to use.

UC Berkeley is committed to providing robust educational experiences for all learners. With this goal in mind, we have activated the ALLY tool for this course. You will now be able to download content in a format that best fits your learning preference. PDF, HTML, EPUB, and MP3 are now available for most content items. For more information visit the alternative formats link or watch the video entitled, "Ally in bCourses."

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Useful Resources

Academic Resources

Some previous Math 54 course web pages:

Study help and tutoring:

Some previous Math 54 exams:

Math 54 Worksheets.

Some online linear algebra:

Course Summary:

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