# Math 472 - Numerical Algebra - Spring 2001

Section 59507 - TuTh 2:10-3:25 in Ayres 329
Text: Numerical Analysis, Sixth Edition by R.L. Burden
and J.D. Faires. (Note: the Seventh Edition came out in January, but
we are continuing with the 6th Edition)
Other reference material
may be made available.

## Audience:

This course is for anyone with an interest in how and why numerical
algorithms work to solving problems in linear algebra and solving
nonlinear equations. This course
will provide a firm foundation for deriving and understanding new
algorithms.

Prerequisites:
Two years of calculus, a course in linear algebra
and some knowledge of a scientific
programming language (FORTRAN, C/C++, MATLAB) or consent of the instructor.
## Goals of the Course:

This course is about practical ways of answering mathematical
questions and then analysing how well we did.
Towards this we will study:
- The techniques and ideas of
numerical analysis .
- The basic numerical methods used for solving problems in
different scientific fields from Chapters 1, 2, 6, 7, 9 and 10
of the text.
- Practical applications of the methods discussed.

## Grading:

- Homework (12 sets of 4-5 problems) (30%)
- Midterm (March 6) (20%)
- Projects (4+) (20%)
- Final Exam (Thursday, May 3, 12:30-2:30) (30%)

You need 90% for an A, 85% for a B+, 80% for a B, etc. I may lower
these numbers, but do not depend on it.
## Instructor:

Charles Collins

312B Ayres Hall

974-4269 or 974-2461

ccollins@math.utk.edu
Office Hours: TuTh 1-2 and by appointment

ccollins@math.utk.edu
*Last Modified: January 5, 2001 *