# Applied Math (Linear Algebra)

- Departments: Earth and Environmental Science
- Professors: Marc Spiegelman and Michael Tippett

A true gift to the Applied Math department. I came into his linear algebra course barely knowing what a vector was and I ended up loving the class. The problem sets are extremely difficult and graded for accuracy but this, in turn, made the quizzes/exams less intimidating. Professor Tippett is very funny so that makes what most people would consider a dry subject, actually really enjoyable to learn. Unlike most other classes, I never felt like I wanted to his skip class nor did I dread the work. He is an exceptional educator, albeit fast, but he gets the material across in a very understandable way. On top of all of this, he is super approachable and his office hours are helpful as well. GO TO HIS OFFICE HOURS YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT!!

If you want/have to take linear algebra at any point, do yourself a favor and take Professor Tippett's class. He's the best.

#### Workload:

Weekly problem set (10-20 questions)

Two quizzes (approx. 110 points each)

One final exam

Professor Spiegelman is wonderful! Quirky, down-to-earth, in LOVE with his subject, solid lecturer... The only qualms I had were that he sometimes goes off on tangents, but that's not really bad when you want to relax a little. Professor Spiegelman showed me how awesome and cool linear algebra can be. DEFINITELY recommended over the math department's proof-heavy version. Spiegelman rocks.

#### Workload:

Homeworks every week... make sure you check the homework page often because he had a homework due for us the day after election break AND the day after classes ended! Two quizzes/midterms and a final, not difficult if you've done the homework and with the help of his PDF study guides.

Spiegelman is one of the best math professors I have encountered at columbia. He is very laid back, knows the material inside out and absolutely loves it, and he is very approachable. The material in the class is very straight forward and is made even easier by Spiegelman's teaching. Though he may digress or get ahead of himself at times, he usually explains things in an organized manner and will try to make sure people get it by explaining it over if he feels it didnt get through the first time. The book used is Gilbert Strang's, a professor at MIT who has posted lectures online, however it is simply a complete waste of time to watch any of these. Spiegelman is a great teacher and it is better to go to class than to have to sit through video tapes of Strang droning on. Bottom line, great professor, straightforward material makes for a good class.

#### Workload:

Weekly problem sets, 10 total, worth 20%, one midterm worth 35%, and a final worth 45%.

Prof. Spiegelman is an ebullient and buoyant lecturer. His class is never dull and he succeeds in turning an otherwise dry subject into an something that's passably tolerable.

The key to do well in this class is to do all homework problems by yourself, and memorize those formulas well before the tests. The tests are all very mechanical and calculation-intensive, so if you have those formulas engrossed in my mind, then you'll do fine. Everything is straight forward, with very few tricky questions.

All in all, a very able professor and a very reasonable class, highly recommended.

#### Workload:

weekly problem sets, 1 midterm 1 final, both straightforward.

## Directory Data

Dept/Subj | Directory Course | Professor | Year | Semester | Time | Section |
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MATH / MATH | MATH MATH V2010: Linear Algebra | Wei Zhang | 2012 | Fall | MW / 1:10- 2:25 PM | 3 |

MATH / MATH | MATH MATH V2010: Linear Algebra | Qile Chen | 2012 | Fall | TR / 11:40-12:55 PM | 2 |

MATH / MATH | MATH MATH V2010: Linear Algebra | Marc Masdeu | 2012 | Spring | MW / 6:10- 7:25 PM | 1 |

MATH / MATH | MATH MATH V2010: Linear Algebra | Davesh Maulik | 2012 | Fall | MW / 8:40- 9:55 AM | 1 |

MATH / MATH | MATH MATH V2010: Linear Algebra | Andrew Obus | 2011 | Spring | MW / 6:10- 7:25 PM | 2 |

MATH / MATH | MATH MATH V2010: Linear Algebra | Catherine Williams | 2011 | Spring | MW / 2:40- 3:55 PM | 1 |

MATH / MATH | MATH MATH V2010: Linear Algebra | Ovidiu Munteanu | 2010 | Spring | MW / 1:10- 2:25 PM | 2 |

MATH / MATH | MATH MATH V2010: Linear Algebra | Yakov Kerzhner | 2010 | Fall | MW / 6:10- 7:25 PM | 2 |

MATH / MATH | MATH MATH V2010: Linear Algebra | Catherine Williams | 2010 | Fall | MW / 4:10- 5:25 PM | 1 |

MATH / MATH | MATH MATH V2010: Linear Algebra | Yakov Kerzhner | 2010 | Spring | TR / 9:10-10:25 AM | 3 |

MATH / MATH | MATH MATH V2010: Linear Algebra | Weizhe Zheng | 2010 | Fall | TR / 2:40- 3:55 PM | 3 |

MATH / MATH | MATH MATH V2010: Linear Algebra | Ovidiu Munteanu | 2010 | Spring | MW / 9:10-10:25 AM | 1 |

MATH / MATH | MATH MATH V2010: Linear Algebra | Weizhe Zheng | 2009 | Fall | MW / 9:10-10:25 AM | 1 |

MATH / MATH | MATH MATH V2010: Linear Algebra | Elliott Stein | 2009 | Fall | TR / 6:10- 7:25 PM | 2 |

MATH / MATH | MATH MATH V2010: Linear Algebra | Lan-Hsuan Huang | 2009 | Fall | MW / 6:10- 7:25 PM | 3 |

MATH / MATH | MATH MATH V2010: Linear Algebra | Weizhe Zheng | 2009 | Spring | TR / 9:10-10:25 AM | 3 |

MATH / MATH | MATH MATH V2010: Linear Algebra | Mirela Ciperiani | 2009 | Spring | MW / 1:10- 2:25 PM | 2 |

MATH / MATH | MATH MATH V2010: Linear Algebra | Mirela Ciperiani | 2009 | Spring | MW / 11:00-12:15 PM | 1 |

MATH / MATH | MATH MATH V2010: Linear Algebra | Elliott Stein | 2008 | Fall | TR / 6:10- 7:25 PM | 2 |

MATH / MATH | MATH MATH V2010: Linear Algebra | Mirela Ciperiani | 2008 | Fall | MW / 11:00-12:15 PM | 1 |

MATH / MATH | MATH MATH V2010: Linear Algebra | Xiaodong Cao | 2004 | Fall | TR / 9:10-10:25 AM | 2 |

MATH / MATH | MATH MATH V2010: Linear Algebra | Mu-Tao Wang | 2001 | Fall | TR / 9:10-10:25 AM | 1 |