Poll: which sections need to be reviewed?

We’ll hopefully cover all the matrials for this course 2 or 3 sessions before the actual end of the semester. I would like to dedicate those sessions to some review sessions, during which I will shortly remind you the materials and then we solve some more practice problems together. This poll is to find out which sections of the textbook you find more complicated, so I can manage these review sessions accordingly. Please refer to the Piazza and choose the sections that you think need to be reviewed!

Link to the piazza page: piazza.com/ubc.ca/winterterm22016/math221sec203

Midterm 2 (updated)

Midterm 2 will cover sections 2.3, 2.5, 2.6, 3.1, 3.2, 4.1 and 4.2. These subsections are not considered for midterm 2:

Section 4.1: Eigenvectors and Difference Equations:

Section 4.2: Similarity, Application to Dynamical systems

Practice problems can be found in the Quiz page. For sections 4.1 and 4.2:

Section 4.1: 1-32

Section 4.2: 1-22

You can find some practice exams from previous years in the following links:

2006 Exam and Solutions.
2007 Exam and Solutions: Except for the problems 5 and  6
2008 Exam and Solutions: Except for the problems 5 and 6
2011 Exam and Solutions: Except for the problems 4, 5 and 6

Although the focus of the exam will be the material covered after the midter 1, math is by nature cumulative. Particularly in this course, many topics are conceptually related and you might need to refresh your memory by studying the materials covered before the midterm 1.


I have decided to run a Piazza page for our course. Here is the sign-up link: piazza.com/ubc.ca/winterterm22016/math221sec203

For those who are not familiar with Piazza:

Piazza is an online gathering place where students can ask, answer, and explore 24/7, under the guidance of their instructors. The quicker you begin asking questions on Piazza (rather than via emails), the quicker you’ll benefit from the collective knowledge of your classmates and instructors. We encourage you to ask questions when you’re struggling to understand a concept—you can even do so anonymously.