MATH 640A, Fall 2002
in the winter quarter.
- Catalog Description for 640ABC:
Approximation by piecewise polynomial functions, variational
principles, variational formulation of partial differential
equations. The Rayleigh-Ritz-Galerkin method, convergence of
approximations, time-dependent problems, isoparametric
elements and nonconforming finite element methods, applications.
- Real story:
- In 640A (call number 04203) we will start at the beginning of numerical analysis, and
cover topics such as linear algebra, nonlinear equations,
approximation, and differentiation and integration. The pace
will depend on what you already know, but by the end everyone
should understand these topics very well.
In 640B we will learn how to solve ordinary and partial
differential equations. The catalog description (which I
inherited), is of the finite-element method for solving
partial differential equations. We will cover it, along with
If we manage to finish all this by the end of the winter quarter,
then in 640C we will switch to a project format, where you
each choose a topic of interest, we all study them a bit,
and you study your topic in depth.
- The catalog lists Math 510 Linear Algebra, which makes sense,
and Math 570 Complex Variables, which does not. I require
- Mastery of Calculus and Linear Algebra
- The mathematical sophistication to learn material
independently from a book.
- Knowledge of Matlab or a programming language.
Less-prepared students should consider Math 544, which offers similar
material in a less strenuous setting.
(740)593-1283, 554 Morton Hall.
Monday 3-4pm, Tuesday 2-3pm, and
- Web page:
- Class hours/ location:
- MT(W)HF 9:10-10am in 215 Morton Hall
(note change in room).
Numerical Analysis: Mathematics of Scientific Computing,
3rd edition, by David Kincaid and Ward Cheney,
- There will be weekly homework
assignments. Late homeworks are penalized 3 points for each 24 hour
period or part thereof, with no excuses accepted, and a strict
deadline to catch up before each exam.
You are strongly encouraged to work together, but you must acknowledge
any help you receive.
Homework will be a mixture of paper and pencil problems and programming.
Having your programs work is essential, but style and proper commenting also count.
I will support Matlab and C, but you can use another language if you prefer.
Each week one problem will be designated a
Good Problem, and will
be graded partly on presentation. The idea is to practice writing
mathematics regularly but in small pieces.
- There will be one midterm exam, and
a final exam on Thursday 21 November at 10:10am in 215 Morton Hall.
- Based on homeworks 50%, midterm exam 20%, and the final exam 30%.
Grades are not the point.
- I will not count attendance, but you need to attend in order to
learn. Academic dishonesty will be considered as
professional dishonesty and harshly punished.
- Special Needs:
If you have specific physical, psychiatric, or learning disabilities
and require accommodations, please let me know as soon as
possible so that your learning needs may be appropriately met.
Last modified: Mon Jun 2 11:51:00 EDT 2003