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MATH 170B Introduction to Numerical Analysis:
Approximation and Nonlinear Equations
MWF 11:00am - 11:50am, WLH 2206
- Prof. Melvin Leok
Office: AP&M 5763
Office Hours: MW 1:00pm-1:50pm, or by appointment.
- James Hall
Office: AP&M 5801
Section: W 4:00pm - 4:50pm, CENTR 207
Office Hours: T 4-5pm, APM 5801
- David Kincaid and Ward Cheney, Numerical Analysis: Mathematics of Scientific Computing, Third Edition, AMS Press, 2002.
An electronic copy of the second edition (from 1991)
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 final exam will be on Monday, March 15, 2010, from 11:30am to
2:30pm, in WLH 2206. It will be comprehensive and cover the material
up to and including best approximation (least squares), and you are allowed two sheets of notes
(front and back). The exam will consist of 8 problems, some of which
contain multiple parts. Please remember to set your clock forward one hour
on Sunday, March 14.
- Course Handout
- Introduction to MATLAB
- Homework #1, Due Friday January
- Homework #2, Due Friday January
- Homework #3, Due Friday January
- Project #1, Due Friday
February 5, 2010.
- Homework #4, Due Friday
February 19, 2010.
- Homework #5, Due Friday
February 26, 2010.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
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- 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
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caught cheating will face an administrative sanction which may include
suspension or expulsion from the university. It is in your best interest
to maintain your integrity. Suspected violations will be investigated in
accordance with university
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