# MATH 2400: Numerical methods

Instructor: Theodore Kolokolnikov, Chase building 304, tkolokol@mathstat.dal.ca, http://www.mathstat.dal.ca/~tkolokol; Phone: 494-6295.
Office hours: MWT 11:30-12:30; or drop by anytime I'm in my office. You can also email me to set up an appointment.

Handouts

Maple worksheets
NOTE: Right click or option-click the link and choose "Save As..." to download maple worksheets. References: The textbook for this course is Numerical analysis by Sauer. It is available in Dalhousie bookstore; a copy is also on reserve in the library.

Computer programs: Some homework questions will require minimal computer programming. You can use a computer program of your choice (see a sample list below), however I will be using mostly Maple for in-class demonstrations. Note that Maple is also installed on school computers. If you dont have access to maple or matlab, I recommend you use Octave which is available for free. Here is a list of the most popular programs:

• Matlab (commercial): This is very useful for numerical programming. It is often a program of choice for mathematical/engineering/scientific numerical computations.
• Maple (commercial): This is a very popular symbolic manipulation program. It can do things like integral of sin x symbolically. It has sufficient numerical capabilities for the purposes of this course. Dalhousie has a limited licence which allows it to be used on university computers.
• Octave (free): This is basically a matlab clone but it is free. If you dont have access to matlab or maple, you can use Octave instead.
• Mathematica (commercial): Another popular symbolic compuation program.
• C/java/fortran/python/...: These are general-purpose languages. You can use them if you prefer; however I strongly recommend going with one of the other options instead.

Outline: We will cover the basic numerical methods including root finding; interpolation; differentiation and integration; ordinary differential equations; stability and error estimates.

Evaluation: The evaluation will consist of homework sets (roughly 2 homeworks per three weeks), an in-class midterm and a final exam. The grade will be calculated based on the maximum of:
30% homework, 20% midterm, 50% final
20% homework, 10% midterm, 70% final
The worst homework grade will be dropped. There will be no makeups of homeworks.

Grade conversion scale scale: F:<50 D:50-54.9 C-:55-57.9 C:58-61.9 C+:62-64.9 B-:65-69.9 B:70-74.9 B+:75-79.9 A-:80-84.9 A:85-89.9 A+:90-100

Intellectual Honesty and Plagiarism: If you cheat, you will get into lots of trouble; it is not worth it. For the details, please read the section on academic honesty in the student calendar.