Math 128A - Numerical Analysis

Instructor: Jon Wilkening

Lectures: MTWTh 10-12, Room 9 Evans

Course Control Number: 58870/58875

Office: 1091 Evans

Office Hours: MTWTh 12-12:25, Wed 2:30-4

Prerequisites: Math 53 and 54 or equivalent

Required Text: Numerical Analysis, 9th Edition, by Burden/Faires

Recommended Reading: Introduction to MATLAB programming, by J. Dorfman

Syllabus: Programming for numerical calculations, round-off error, approximation and interpolation, numerical quadrature, matrix computations, and solution of ordinary differential equations.

Course Webpage: I will post handouts and assignments on B-Space. Please e-mail me if you do not have access to the B-Space page.

programming assignments: 15% (all scores count)
homework: 15% (2 lowest scores dropped)
quizzes: 20% (lowest score dropped)
Midterm: 20% Thurs, July 14 (in class)
Final exam: 30% Thurs, Aug 11, (in class)

More Details: 13 written assignments, 5 programming assignments, 5 quizzes. My grade cutoffs are usually around 90 A, 85 A-, 80 B+, 75 B, 70 B-, 65 C+, 60 C, 50 D. Your midterm grade will be replaced by your grade on the final if you do better on the final. If you miss the midterm for any reason (illness, family emergency, didn't study, etc.), the final will count for both. Homework is due at the beginning of class. Quizzes will be given on Thursdays at 11:10AM. Programming assignments will be submitted on line as explained in class. Late assignments and missed quizzes cannot be made up. Collaboration is encouraged in discussing ideas, but you are not allowed to share code or written solutions of homework. Programming assignments will be cross-checked for similarity. If you are caught cheating, you will receive an F in the course and be reported to the university.