**Class Period:
10:00am - 10:50am MWF, Thompson Hall 316
Instructor: Mei Q. Chen**

**Office: Thompson
Hall 328, Office
Phone: 953-7896
E-mail: chenm@citadel.edu
URL: http://macs.citadel.edu/chenm/343.dir/11.dir/syl.html **

Course Outline, Lecture Notes Homework/Solutions, Exams/Solutions, MatLab Programs |

**Course Goals:**

(1) An introduction to computer floating point number system and arithmetic.

(2) An introduction to numerical methods that are commonly used in approximating irrational numbers, root finding, curve fitting, numerical differentiation and numerical integration.

(3) An introduction to mathematical software **MatLab**
and implementations of numerical methods in **MatLab**.

**Textbook:** *Online Lecture
Notes. *

**Grading:** It is based on homework assignments, three
hour exams, and a comprehensive final exam.

**(1) Homework assignments: 25% **of the final course
grade.

* Homework *will
be assigned weekly. Homework problems
are designed to help you understand each numerical algorithm including its
derivation, convergence and error analysis and uses in solving equations, curve
fitting, numerical differentiation or integration. The mathematical software MatLab will be used to implement numerical algorithms.

I truly believe that completing each homework assignment is very important in the process of learning. You are encouraged to work on homework assignments in pairs or to discuss problems or work in progress with me and your classmates.

**(2) Hour exams: 50% **of the final course grade.

**Three
one**-**hour exams** are tentatively
scheduled for ` September 23, October 21, and
November 18`, respectively. It will be re-announced a week
before each hour exam. Each hour exam covers the materials that have been
discussed in class since last hour exam. Hour exams are designed to test your
understanding of definitions, derivations of algorithms and skills of problem
solving using these algorithms. You are allowed to bring

**(3) Final exam: 25% **of the final course grade.

The final exam will be comprehensive and similar to hour exams. It is scheduled
at 8:00-11:00am on Thursday, December 8. You are allowed to bring **3x5 note cards** with definitions, algorithms and
theorems for the final exam (**no examples**
please).

(4) **Problem of Week: **Two** **extra points will be added to the final exam score for each
correct answer.

**Office Hours/ESP Study/Help Sessions**:

(1) **Office Hours:** 1:00pm-3:00pm TR, TH 328

(2) **ESP Study/Help
Sessions:** 8:00pm-9:30pm MR, TH
328

If you need any assistance at hours different from listed ones, please make an appointment with me by email or phone.

*Last updated: August 22, 20011.*