MATH 171B, Spring 2016
Instruction
 Instructor: Jiawang Nie
 Office: AP&M 5864.
 Phone: (858) 5346015.
 Email: njw "AT" math. ucsd dot edu.
 Office hours: MW 2:303:30 or by appointment.
Lectures
 Time: 4:00  4:50, MWF
 Location: PETER 103
Attending the lecture is a fundamental part of the course; you are responsible for material presented
in the lecture whether or not it is discussed in the textbook. You should expect questions on
the exams that will test your understanding of concepts discussed in the lecture. Please make sure your
cell phone is turned off and put away during lecture.
TA Contact Info

Fangyao Su : Office Hours: 9:0011:00, Fridays, APM 6414, Email: f2su@ucsd.edu
Course Description

Convergence of sequences in R^n, multivariate Taylor series. Bisection and related methods for
nonlinear equations in one variable. Newton's methods for nonlinear equations in one and many
variables. Unconstrained optimization and Newton's method. Equalityconstrained optimization,
KuhnTucker theorem. Inequalityconstrained optimization. Three lectures, one recitation. Knowledge
of programming recommended.

Here is
a tentative course schedule.
Prerequisite
 Calculus, Linear Algebra, Real Analysis
Textbook
 Philip Gill and Margaret H. Wright, Numerical Optimization, 1998.
Discussion Sessions and Teaching Assistants

Attending discussion sections is a requirement for this course.

 Session A01: 5:00pm  5:50pm, Thursdays, Room: York 3000A. TA: Fangyao Su
 Session A02: 6:00pm  6:50pm, Thursdays, Room: York 3000A. TA: Fangyao Su
Homework Assignments

Homework will be assigned weekly, and collected by TA on the due dates (6pm).
The worst of your homework assignment grades will be droped.
No late homework will be accepted for any reasons.
 Homework #1: due on 4/8/2016
Homework Assignment #1
(solution)
 Homework #2: due on 4/15/2016
Homework Assignment #2
(solution)
 Homework #3: due on 4/22/2016
Homework Assignment #3
(solution)
 Homework #4: due on 5/06/2016
Homework Assignment #4
(solution)
 Homework #5: due on 5/13/2016
Homework Assignment #5
(solution)
 Homework #6: due on 5/20/2016
Homework Assignment #6
(solution)
 Homework #7: due on 6/03/2016
Homework Assignment #7
(solution)
Please write your names, ID nubmers, and section numbers on your homework,
and staple together your homework pages.
Calculators

You may use any handheld calculator (but not a computer, PDA or any device with network capability)
during exams; however, you will be expected to show all relevant computational steps: No credit will
be given for unsupported answers gotten directly from a calculator.
Exams

There will be two (2) midterm exams given during the regular lecture hour.
You may bring one 8.5 by 11 inch handwritten sheet of notes with
you to each midterm exam. Please make sure your cell phone is turned off and put away during exams.

Midterm I  in class, April 22, Friday, 2016.
practice midterm I.

Midterm II  in class, May 18, Wednesday, 2016.
practice midterm II.

Final  3:00  5:59, 6/09/2016.
Here is
the practice final.
Makeup exam policy
 There will be no makeup exams for this couse.
If you miss a midterm for any reason, then your
course grade will be computed with the final exam counting 70% of your
weighted average. You cannot miss the final exam.
Grading

The final course grade will be based on homework assignments,
midterm and final exams.
Your final grade will be the best of the following two weighted averages.

10% Homework, 20% Midterm Exam I, 20% Midterm Exam II, 50% Final Exam

10% Homework, 20% best Midterm Exam, 70% Final Exam
The grades will be curved within the entire class.
Academic Integrity

Every student is expected to conduct themselves with academic integrity.
Any kind of cheatings is not allowed in this course.
Violations of academic integrity will be treated seriously.

See
UCSD Policy on Integrity of Scholarship.