Math 5486      Introduction to Numerical Methods II       Spring, 2007

Professor Peter J. Olver
School of Mathematics
Institute of Technology
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Vincent Hall 540
Phone: 612-624-5534
Fax: 612-626-2017
Lectures:    MWF 1:25-2:15, Mechanical Engineering 102
Office Hours:   Monday 2:30-3:30, Friday 12:20-1:15, or by appointment

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

Text:   Brian Bradie, A Friendly Introduction to Numerical Analysis, Prentice-Hall, Upper Saddle River, N.J., 2006.

UNITE:   The lectures will be broadcast and available on streaming video via UNITE Instructional TV. However, on-campus students will not have access to the streaming video until 10 days after the lecture has been presented. Please contact the UNITE Office for further information.

Homework:   Each assignment will consist of several problems from the text. Some problems may involve computer calculations; details will be given in class. Assignments handed out on a Wednesday will typically be due the following Wednesday.

Computer Projects:   Students will be expected to learn the basics of Matlab for use in homework and computer projects. Students who do not have access to Matlab will be given a math computer account.

Exams:   There will be two midterm exams. The dates and chapters to be covered will be announced in due course and posted here. 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. The final computer project is the last two homework assignments.

First Midterm:    Monday, March 5
     Will cover sections 6.2, 6.4-6, 6.8-9, 7.1-5.

Second Midterm:    Friday, May 4
     Will cover sections 8.1--5, 10.1--2, 11.4 and Finite Elements.


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.