Autumn Quarter, 2008
AMATH 352: Applied Linear Algebra and Numerical Analysis
SLN 10210, MWF 12:30-1:20, ARC G070
Professor Randall J. LeVeque
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Office hours: M, W 3-4pm, F 9-10am
Development and application of numerical methods and algorithms
to problems in the applied sciences and engineering. Applied
linear algebra and introduction to numerical methods. Emphasis
on use of conceptual methods in engineering, mathematics, and
Prerequisites: MATH 126 or MATH 136 and computing experience.
Recommended: CSE 142.
Please download the course notes
(or read them on-line). These will be made available as the quarter
progresses, hopefully in time to read the relevant sections before the
corresponding lecture. Looking through the notes in advance should be
helpful in understanding the lectures and asking relevant questions.
If you are trying to access these notes from off campus, you will
need a username and password. See the info sheet passed out in the first
class for these.
The two books below will be used to supplement the course notes.
They are freely available online:
We will not cover either of these books fully and will jump around in topics
relative to these books, but they cover some material that will not be in
the notes and also give alternative explanations and examples of material
that is in the notes.
Instead of buying a textbook, it is recommended that you purchase the
Student Edition of Matlab.
There are many other "linear algebra" or "numerical methods"
books that cover similar material. If you are having trouble understanding
a concept, look through some other books in the library.
We will use Matlab for computing in this course. See the
computing page for more info.
Schedule and Homework
If you are trying to access the homework pages from off campus, you will
need a username and password.
See the info sheet passed out in the first class for these.
Homework assignments, corrections, etc.
| Week 1
||W, Sept. 24
||First day of classes
| Week 2
||F, Oct. 3
||Homework 1 due
| Week 3
||F, Oct. 10
||Homework 2 due
| Week 4
||F, Oct. 17
||Homework 3 due
| Week 5
||F, Oct. 24
| Week 6
||F, Oct. 31
||Homework 4 due
||F, Nov. 7
||Homework 5 due
||F, Nov. 14
| Week 9
||F, Nov. 21
||Homework 6 due
| Week 10
||F, Nov. 28
||Thanksgiving vacation -- no class
| Week 11
||F, Dec. 5
||Take-home final due
There will be 6 homework assignments. These will usually be due on
Each homework will be worth 25 points,
so 150 points are possible on homework.
There will be two midterms worth 50 points each
and a take-home final exam worth 50 points.
A total of 300 points are possible in the course.
Homework and exam scores will be available online via your