CSCI:351:R1 Numerical Computing Spring, 2013
1st 7 weeks
Syllabus
Instructor: Kenneth Brakke
Office: 308 Fisher Hall
Office phone: 4466
Office hours: 3:00 - 4:00 MWF, 9:00 - 11:00 TTh officially.
I am usually in my office 8:30 to 5:00 except for
lunch and my other classes (8:45-9:50 MWF and 11:15-12:20 MWF).
You can also make an appointment.
Text: None. There will be handouts and internet readings.
But if you want a book to help you out, some suggestions:
Numerical Methods for Scientists and Engineers by R. W. Hamming
(only $14 on amazon.com)
Introduction to Numerical Analysis, 3rd ed. by Stoer and Bulirsch
(classic text, my favorite, $68)
Software: Mostly we will be using Excel spreadsheets.
We will sometimes use the mathematics program MatLab,
which is available to all on the campus network at
\\math\matlab\bin\matlab.exe.
Course goals: To learn how computers do familiar mathematical
calculations. Basic arithmetic, rounding errors,
roots of equations, interpolation, function approximation,
trigonometric functions, logarithms, exponentials,
numerical differentiation and integration. No programming
experience is assumed, and only freshman-level mathematics.
The emphasis is on basic algorithms, rather than theory,
but due attention will be paid to error estimates.
Grading: Homework 100 points
Midterm 100 points
Final exam 150 points comprehensive
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Total 350 points
The exact correspondence between points and letter grades
will be determined at the end of the semester. It is usually
close to the traditional 90-80-70-60 cutoffs, but I reserve
the right to modify it.
Homework is due daily at the start of class, and will be graded.
Late homework will get half credit, unless previous arrangements
have been made (i.e. tell me when you are going to miss class
for some excellent reason, or email me when you are too sick to
come to class).
When submitting assignments by email,
1. The subject line should clearly state the assignment number.
2. Each assignment must be a separate email.
If you are emailing me about a question, the subject line should
say that you have a question, so that I will read it immediately
and not just stick it in a folder for later grading.
The final exam will be given on the last day of class, March 1.
Roll will not be taken, but frequent absences will be noticed.
You are still subject to the attendence policy in the Student
Handbook.
Policy on cheating: Don't. Studying together to understand the
material is fine, but the work you hand in is to be your own.
See the Student Handbook statement on academic honesty.