Math 5486      Introduction to Numerical Methods II       Spring, 2003

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
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 Assignments

First Midterm:     Wednesday, March 5

Second Midterm:     Wednesday, April 23

Course Description:   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.

Text:   R.L. Burden and J.D. Faires, Numerical Analysis, Seventh Edition.
                  We will cover chapters 4, 5, 11 and 12 in the second semester.

Homework:   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.

Exams:   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.

Final Project:   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.


Incompletes:   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.

Grading Standards and Student Conduct:   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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