Syllabus for Math 371 Section 1 CRN43320

Instructor: Abner J. Salgado

Office: Ayres Hall 204, Tel: (865) 974-6577

Meetings: TR 2:10-3:25p Ayres G103

Office Hours 

MW 2-3p. Office hours can also be arranged by appointment.

Course Description

Catalog Description

Development and application of fundamental algorithms for finding roots of equations, solving systems of linear equations, interpolating, fitting data using least-squares, differentiation, integration, and solving ordinary differential equations.

Student Learning Outcomes

The successful student will be able to derive, implement and apply elementary numerical algorithms. Topics in this class include floating point representation, solution of linear systems of equations, solution of nonlinear equations, interpolation, numerical differentiation, numerical quadrature, solution of of ordinary differential equations and least squares methods.



The textbook for this class is:

Homework Assignments

Exercises will be assigned for every completed section. While generally homework will not be collected, doing homework will help with the quizzes and exams.


There will be a short (10-15 minutes) quiz approximately every other week. It will be administered at the beginning of the Thursday lecture and cover the material of the previous lectures.

Computer Projects

There will be about eight (8) computer projects assigned during the semester. You can solve them using Matlab, or any programming language of your choice. You will be briefed on the policies regarding cooperation on the projects on your first lab session.

Lab Assistant

The lab assistant is Mustafa Elmas, his e-mail address is

and his office is Ayres 223.

Learning Environment and Classroom Expectations/Etiquette

Every student is expected to maintain an atmosphere that fosters a positive learning environment. During class, that means students need to turn off their cell phones and refrain from doing anything that is not related to the class. While it is understood that there might be occasions when leaving early or coming in late is necessary, these must be kept to a minimum, as they are a distraction to the instructor and the students.

Questions and discussions during class are encouraged. Students are highly encouraged to read ahead in preparation for each class.

Students must be familiar with the academic standards of conduct section of the Hilltopics handbook.

Assessment and Evaluations Methods

There will be one in-class exams and a comprehensive final exam. A tentative date for the exam is October 20. The official date will be announced in class at least two weeks in advance. The University Calendar sets the final examination date to be Thursday, December 8 12:30pm - 2:30pm.

The grading scheme will be as follows: The midterm is worth 20 points, the final is worth 40 points, quizzes are worth 20 points and computer projects 20 points. The cutoffs will be approximately as follows: 90% or higher is an A, 80% - B, 70% - C and 60% - D. I reserve the right to change this scale, provided the change benefits all students. All grades will be made available on Online@UT.

Attendance and Make Up Policies

Attendance to every class is mandatory. Late computer projects will NOT be accepted. There will be NO make up for the quizzes. Make ups for the in-class exams and final will be given only if a student can present evidence that an absence was caused by serious illness, a death in the immediate family, religious observance, or participation in University activities at the request of University authorities. For an illness, you must present a signed statement from a doctor that your illness was sufficiently serious to make you miss class. A note saying only that you visited the doctor or the Health Center will not suffice.


We will cover all Chapters in the textbook. Some additional material will be discussed during class.

Math Tutorial Center

Campus Syllabus (includes Disability Services info)

There will be NO extra credit assignments, especially nearing the end of the semester.