Professor Peter J. Olver School of Mathematics Institute of Technology University of Minnesota Minneapolis, MN 55455 |
540 Vincent Hall Phone: 612-624-5534 Fax: 612-626-2017 e-mail: olver@math.umn.edu http://www.math.umn.edu/~olver |

Lectures:
MWF 1:25 - 2:15, Vincent Hall 213 | |

Office Hours:
M 2:30-3:30, W 11:00-1:00, or by appointment |

- Homework #1: ps pdf
- Homework #2: ps pdf
- Homework #3: ps pdf
- Homework #4: ps pdf
- Homework #5: ps pdf
- Homework #6: ps pdf

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First Midterm: **
Wednesday, March 5

- Will cover chapter 4.
- You will be allowed to use one 8" x 11" sheet of notes.

- Will cover chapter 5.
- You will be allowed to use one 8" x 11" sheet of notes.

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Course Description:
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Math 5485-6 is a basic introduction to numerical methods. Spring semester will
cover numerical differentiation and integration, solution of ordinary differential
equations, boundary value problems and partial differential equations, including finite
elements.

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Text:
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R.L. Burden and J.D. Faires, *Numerical Analysis*, Seventh Edition.

We will cover chapters 4, 5, 11 and 12 in the second semester.

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Homework:
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Each assignment will consist of problems from the text, together
with one or more computer projects.
We will continue to use the numerical and graphing package
Matlab to illustrate many of the
concepts and calculations. Some class sessions will meet in one of the computer labs;
dates and location will be announced in advance. The computer projects are expected to be
programmed in Matlab. However, neither the professor nor the grader will be expected to
read computer code or be responsible for debugging! The final output must be in easily
readable form, and the grade will depend on presentation and neatness as well as
mathematical correctness. Unintelligible outputs will receive no credit.

- Basic Introduction to Matlab: ps pdf
- The Matlab programs Burden and Faires from are stored in the directory /class/math5485/matlab
- Description of the Burden and Faires Matlab programs: pdf
- Matlab Programs

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Exams:
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There will be two in class midterm exams. The dates and chapters
covered will be announced in due course. Make-up exams will only be given in
exceptional circumstances, and then only when notice is given to me before hand and
a suitable written excuse forthcoming. There will be no final exam.

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Final Project:
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Each student will complete a final project, to be presented in class, on a topic of her
or his own choosing. Details of the requirements for the projects will be discussed in
class. A project proposal will be due in mid February. The final week of classes
will be devoted to student presentations.
Attendance will be required at all presentations.

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Grading:
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- Homework and Computer Assignments 30%
- Midterms 40%
- Final Project 30%

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Incompletes:
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Only given in extreme circumstances, and only when the student has satisfactorily
completed all but a small portion of the work in the course. Students **must**
make prior arrangements with the professor well before the end of the quarter.

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Grading Standards and Student Conduct:
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Students are expected to be familiar with University of Minnesota policies on
grading standards and
student
conduct, including the consequences for students who violate standards of academic
honesty.

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