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MATH 170B Introduction to Numerical Analysis:
Approximation and Nonlinear Equations
MWF 10:00am-10:50am, SOLIS 109.
- Prof. Melvin Leok
Office: AP&M 5763
Office Hours: MW 11:00am-11:50am, or by appointment.
- Helen Parks
Office: AP&M 5748
Section: M 5:00pm-5:50pm, APM B402A
Office Hours: M 1:00pm-3:00pm
- David Kincaid and Ward Cheney, Numerical Analysis: Mathematics of Scientific Computing, Third Edition, AMS Press, 2002.
An electronic copy of the second edition
is available in Adobe Acrobat format.
Please note that while the
material is substantially similar to the third edition, the exercises
differ in some instances.
If you choose to use a second edition of this textbook, it is your responsibility to ensure that you are answering the assigned homework problems.
Sections to be covered:
- The midterm exam will be on Wednesday, February 19, from 10:00am to
10:50am, in class. The exam will cover the material up to and including
divided differences and Hermite interpolation. It will be closed book, but
you are allowed a single handwritten sheet of notes (letter sized, both
sides), and you may use a calculator.
- The final exam will be on Friday, March 21, from 8:0am to 10:59am. The exam is comprehensive, and will cover all the material, up
to and including numerical differentiation. You are allowed two sheets of
notes (handwritten, letter sized paper, both sides), and a calculator.
- Introduction to MATLAB
- Homework 1, Due Friday, January 17, 2014. [ PDF ]
- Homework 2, Due Wednesday, January 29, 2014. [ PDF ]
- Project 1, Due Wednesday, February 5, 2014. [ PDF ]
- Homework 3, Due Wednesday, February 12, 2014. [ PDF ]
- Homework 4, Due Wednesday, February 19, 2014. [ PDF ]
- Project 2, Due Wednesday, February 26, 2014. [ PDF ]
- Homework 5, Due Wednesday, March 5, 2014. [ PDF ]
- Project 3, Due Friday, March 14, 2014. [ PDF ]
- Cleve Moler, Numerical Computing with MATLAB, SIAM, 2004.
- Endre Süli and David Mayers, An
Introduction to Numerical Analysis, Cambridge, 2003.
- Brian Bradie, A
Friendly Introduction to Numerical Analysis, Prentice Hall, 2005.
- Eugene Isaacson and Herbert Keller, Analysis
of Numerical Methods, Dover, 1994.
- Richard Burden and Douglas Faires, Numerical
Analysis, 8th Edition, Brooks/Cole, 2004.
- MATLAB tutorial [ PDF ]
- Guide to MATLAB Plotting [ PDF ]
- Numerical Computing with MATLAB [ LINK ]
- MATLAB Help Desk [ LINK ]
- Octave, a free,
mature, and high-quality MATLAB clone, with ports to Mac OS X and Windows.
- FreeMat, free
native clone of Matlab for Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux.
- JMathLib, a Free Java Clone of
- MATH 170A and a good knowledge of MATLAB.
- Homework is an essential part of advanced mathematics courses. Most
students will find that some problems will require repeated and persistent
effort to solve. This process is an integral component of developing a
mastery of the material presented, and students who do not dedicate the
necessary time and effort towards this will compromise their performance
in the exams in this course, and their ability to apply this material in
their subsequent work.
- A student may after working conscientiously on a problem for over 30
minutes, consult with other current MATH 170B students to develop and
clarify their approach to the problem. The written solution should however
be an independent and individual effort that reflects the student's
understanding of the problem and its solution.
- As a general guide, a student should be able to independently
reproduce any solution that is submitted as homework. Copying of solutions
is not permitted and will be considered a violation of these guidelines.
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- I will try to respond to emails within 36 hours during the week, and
within 72 hours during the weekend.
- Emailed questions should primarily be limited to clarification of the
homework questions, and I will defer questions that require more
substantial responses, in particular programming questions, to my
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