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MATH 174/274 - Numerical Methods for Physical Modeling
MWF 9:00-9:50am, APM 2402.
- Prof. Melvin Leok
Office: APM 5763
Office Hours: MW 10:00am-10:50am, or by appointment.
- Shi Cheng
Office: APM 5760
Office Hours: Tu 2:00pm-3:00pm, Th 1:00pm-2:00pm, or by appointment.
Sections to be covered:
- Chapters 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7.
- For more exercises: R.L Burden and J.D. Faires,
7th edition, Brooks/Cole, 2000. (if you purchase this, consider getting a
used or older edition)
- For more theory: E. Isaacson and H.B. Keller, Analysis
of Numerical Methods, Dover Publishing, 1994.
- First Day Handout [ PDF ]
- Course Syllabus [ PDF ]
- Guidelines for Numerical Analysis Homework [ PDF ]
- Homework 1, [ PDF ], Due September 30,
- Homework 2, [ PDF ], Due October 7,
- Homework 3, [ PDF ], Due October 14,
- Homework 4, [ PDF ], Due October 21,
- Homework 5, [ PDF ], Due October 28,
- Homework 6, [ PDF ], Due November 14,
- Homework 7, [ PDF ], Due November 21,
- Midterm : Monday, 10/31/2011, 9:00-9:50am, APM 2402.
- Final Exam : Wednesday, 12/7/2011, 8:00-11:00am, APM 2402.
- 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
- 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 174/274 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.
- I will not respond to emails which are composed in an unprofessional
manner, or which violates basic email etiquette. Think professional
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- Before sending an email inquiry, please carefully review the syllabus
and course website to ensure that your question has not been addressed
there. Questions that have been addressed in the syllabus or on the course
website will receive responses that redirect you back to the appropriate
- I do not offer immediate round the clock technical support, please
plan ahead accordingly.
- 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