MATH 2400: Numerical methods

Instructor: Theodore Kolokolnikov, Chase building 304,,; 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.


  1. Homework 1
  2. Homework 2, due Fri 30 Sep.
  3. Homework 3, due Mon 10 Oct.
  4. Romberg integration
  5. Homework 4, due Fri 28 Oct.
  6. Homework 5, due on or before Fri 11 Nov. | Solutions
  7. Supplemental questions for midterm.
  8. Homework 6, due Wed 7 dec.
  9. Midterm
  10. Course review sheet/sample exam questions
  11. Final
Maple worksheets
NOTE: Right click or option-click the link and choose "Save As..." to download maple worksheets.
  1. Least squares linear fit
  2. Nonlinear fitting: example using HIV infection rates
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:

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.