Randall J. LeVeque
office hours in GUG: W 1:30-2:20
office hours at MSCC: Th,F 9-10
office hours at MSCC: W and Th 3:30-5:00
MSCC Lab Assistant:
office hours at MSCC: Tu, Wed, Th 1:30-3:30
See the syllabus for an outline of the class.
The main goal of the course is to introduce approximate numerical methods for solving mathematical equations that cannot be solved exactly by hand. Such problems arise constantly in science, engineering, finance, computer graphics, and elsewhere. We will study several basic numerical algorithms, how to implement them, and how to analyze their behavior mathematically.
You should also become adept at using the MATLAB language for numerical problem solving. MATLAB has many built-in functions for solving particular problems and you will learn how to use these. You should also gain an understanding of how they work, why they sometimes don't work, and how to use them intellegently.
Follow links in the table below to obtain a copy of the homework in PostScript (.ps) or Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format, and also for associated scripts or data files. For additional information regarding viewing and printing the homework and solution sets, click here.
|Date||Event||Homework Problem Sets|
|Week 1||M, Sept. 29||First day of classes|
|Week 1||F, Oct. 3||Homework 1 due||hw1|
|Week 2||F, Oct. 10||Homework 2 due||hw2|
|Week 3||F, Oct. 17||Homework 3 due||hw3|
|Week 4||F, Oct. 24||Homework 4 due||hw4|
|Week 5||W, Oct. 29||Midterm 1||Review sheet|
|Week 6||F, Nov. 7||Homework 5 due||hw5|
|Week 7||F, Nov. 14||Homework 6 due||hw6|
|Week 8||F, Nov. 21||Midterm 2||Review sheet|
|Week 9||W, Nov. 26||Homework 7 due||hw7|
|F, Nov. 28||No class: Thanksgiving vacation|
|Week 10||F, Dec. 5||Homework 8 due||hw8|
|Week 11||W, Dec. 10||Last class|
|Exam week||T, Dec. 16||Final project due||project|
There will be 8 homework assignments. These will usually be due on Fridays in class, but check the schedule above for due dates.
Each homework will be worth 25 points and the lowest homework score will be dropped, so 175 points are possible on homework.
There will be two midterms, each worth 75 points,
The course will culminate with a final project that will be due during exam week, worth 50 points.
A total of 375 points are possible in the course. You may view your homework and exam grades on-line. Before doing so for the first time, you must request a password. When typing in your student number, delete any leading zeros (e.g. if your student number is 0012345 type in 12345).
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