Stanford University Mathematics Department
Math 61CM, Autumn 2017

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Math61CM provides a rigorous introduction for freshmen to linear algebra and multivariable analysis.
Course Content:
A tentative schedule for the entire quarter can be found at
Mon,Tue, Wed, Thu 9:30-10:20 in room 380-380X, starting Monday, September 25.

This course will share the linear algebra lectures with Math61DM. This will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday of Week 1, on Wednesday and Thursday of Weeks 2-5, and on Monday and Tuesday of Week 6. Room to be announced.

The TA session for Math61CM meets in 380X each Friday. This is an important and mandatory part of the class.
There will be some optional additional meetings with the TA on the first three Tuesdays 5-6:30PM, in a location to be announced, which will provide help as you get started learning how to write proofs.
"An introduction to multivariable mathematics" by Leon Simon (Required) Note: An electronic version (pdf eBook) is provided by the publisher at (no charge to Stanford students-SUNet ID required; you will also be able to use this link when you are off-campus, but for that you first need to configure your browser as described in
All homework and course announcements (including solutions to homework problems and exams) will be available on this page.
Homework assignments will be available here each Friday, and will be due on the following Friday in the TA section. The one exception: the first problem set will be posted Monday, September 25 and is due on Monday, October 2 in lecture. There will be a total of 10 homework assignments.
The homework problems are an integral part of the course; they are the best and most reliable way to check your progress. Problems will range from fairly standard computations to routine applications of the definitions and formulae, to more difficult problems which will require more thought. You are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to find people in the class to work with. Talking about problems is perhaps the best way to learn mathematics. I expect you to do all you can to understand things independently as well, and absolutely to write up the problems on your own. Simply copying from others is the best way to fail to learn something, and this will definitely cause you serious difficulties with the exams. In other words, do not think of the problem sets as joint projects, but you should use the opportunity to work and talk with one another as a way to solidify your understanding of the material. I remind you of the Honor Code
Mid-term Exam 1: Tuesday, October 17, 7-8:30pm in Room 380-380C and 380-380Y
Mid-term Exam 2: Tuesday, November 14, 7-8:30pm in Room 380-380C and 380-380Y
Final Examination: Monday, December 11, 7:00-9:00pm
The make-up time for the mid-terms is available only for students who have a clash with or some other class AND BY PRIOR ARRANGEMENT. Other make-up times for the mid-terms will be available only in exceptional circumstances AND BY PRIOR ARRANGEMENT; if you think such exceptional circumstances apply to you, you should email the instructor ( right away, with details of why you cannot take one or both of the mid-term exams at the scheduled time.
The final examination time (7:00-10:00pm on Monday December 11) is officially scheduled by the Registrar's Office, and cannot be changed.
You should routinely check the "current announcements" on the home-page, since this provides you with the latest information relating to any aspects of the course (e.g. corrections to homework, arrangements for mid-terms, notes or corrections concerning material covered in the lectures, etc.).
Mid-term 1: 20%
Mid-term 2: 20%
Homework: 30%
Final Exam: 30%
Honor Code:
Please be sure you are aware of the requirements of the Stanford Honor Code and your responsibilities under the code.