MAD 3400, Numerical methods
FALL 2011, 9:00-9:50 MWF, FA 104
- Instructor: Fred Richman, S&E 224,
Office Hours: Best chances are 11:00-12:30 MWF.
Online free textbook from the University of South Florida:
Numerical methods with applications. The topics we will cover are
By each section listed in the table of contents you can click on "pdf" to bring up a pdf file of that
section, or on "more" to bring up various supplementary material including videos of lectures by the
author and self-tests you can take to see if you are understanding the material.
- Finding roots of functions in one variable: Sections 3.03, 3.04, and 3.05.
- Solving systems of linear equations: Chapter 4.
- Integration (quadrature): Chapter 7.
- Differential equations: Chapter 8.
- Interpolation (curve fitting): Chapter 5.
This is a work in progress, as the euphemism goes. There is also lots of material available on the
tutorial is a good source.
- Online graphing calculator: GCalc. It's often useful to
have a visual description of a function. Start with GCalc 2.
- Online integration, root finding, and more:
Numerical methods. Use the Web Tools on the left
of the page.
- Two quotes from Richard Hamming:
"The purpose of computing is insight, not numbers."
"In research, if you know what you are doing, then you shouldn't be doing it."
The first one is the more relevant for us. The key phrase in the second is
"in research". It's okay to know what your doing in this course.
- Tests: There will be eleven quizzes given on
Fridays: August 26, September 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30,
October 7, 14, 21, and 28, and November 4. Also two on Mondays,
November 14 and 21, and one on Wednesday, November 30.
The quizzes will be 25 minutes long.
Under no circumstances will a make-up quiz be given.
No electronic devices (calculators,
cell phones, computers, mp3 players) may be used during the tests.
- Grades: These will be determined by the weekly quizzes.