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.
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
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.
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.
- 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%)
312B Ayres Hall
974-4269 or 974-2461
Office Hours: TuTh 1-2 and by appointment
Last Modified: January 5, 2001