Dr. Heather L. Finotti 

Introduction to Numerical Algorithms
Math 371


Contact Info

Office Hours

First Day Handout (link)

Text:  Numerical Computing with MATLAB, Cleve Moler, SIAM. Note this book is freely available at this website.

The grading scheme reflects my teaching philosophy.   True learning and mastery of material is an internal process, not something anyone can give to you or do for you. 
Homework and time spent reading  (and rereading) and digesting the material  is essential to knowledge of the material.  

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Working in groups on homework sets can certainly be beneficial, however do your final homework writeups on your own.   If you cannot do the sets on your own, take this not as a sign of defeat, but an indication that there is still something that you need to learn in order to actually understand the material.  Whether you seek help from me, fellow classmates, or from rereading the text is up to you, just don't give up!  Often the only difference between the students who score well and those who don't is a refusal to give up.

Important Dates

Midterm1 - September 29
Midterm2 -  (TENTATIVE)  October 27
Final Exam - Tues, Dec 8 - 12:30-2:30 pm

Last day to Add or Drop without a "W", 
August 24
Last day to Drop with a "W"
, October 20

Labor Day, Sept. 7, Monday
Fall Break, Oct 15-16, Thurs-Fri
Thanksgiving Break, Nov 26-27  Thurs-Fri

Some Interesting Links

Coping with Math Anxiety -- aka Math Myths:   www.mathacademy.com/pr/minitext/anxiety (how many have you believed?)

Imagining Other Dimensions:  www.pbs.org/wgbf/nova/elegant  (Click on Multi-Dimensional Math or Imagining Other Dimensions)  This is a small part of a page dedicated to "String Theory" - one contender for a way to unify all laws of physics, it requires that our universe have many more than 3 dimensions!