Mei Q. Chen

Capers Hall 221B

E-mail: chenm

Phone: 953-7896 (office), 577-9868 (home)

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Course Goals: It is the intent of this course to introduce you to the numerical methods that are commonly needed in root finding, solving systems of linear equations, interpolation, numerical differentiation and numerical integration. The mathematical underpinnings of these methods are emphasized as much as their algorithmic aspects, since numerical analysis requires both a theoretical knowledge of the subject and computational experience with it.

Textbook: Numerical Methods for Mathematics, Science, and Engineering by John H. Mathews

Course Content: Chapter 1,2,3,4,5,6, and 7. See the tentative course outline for details.

Grading: It is based on homework assignments, MatLab projects, two hour exams, and a comprehensive final exam.
The mathematical software MatLab will be an important and useful tool for this course. Handouts and tutorials on MatLab:
Programming in MatLab is very easy to learn and you will appreciate its simplicity and usefulness. The software is installed under CITNOV1 Programs and the DEC Server macs01. A copy of the Users' Guide is placed in DEC LAB (CA 210). Please let me know whenever you need any assistance.

Office Hours: 11:00am-12:00pm MWF and 2:00pm-3:00pm TR or by appointment at any time. I will be working in Math Lab (CA207) at 7-9:30pm on Tuesday.

Homework Assignments - by sections click here to see the assignments.
MatLab Projects
Q&A Archive: It contains answers and discussions to the questions submitted by email. Please email your questions about the course to me at
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Last updated: 2 September 1997.