MATH 313 Numerical Methods
Numerical analysis is the area of mathematics and computer science that involves both theoretical and computational investigation of mathematical problems involving continuous functions of real or complex variables. The computational aspects of numerical analysis, such as analysis and determination of round-off error, global or local error and its tolerance, and time and memory requirements of computation, are implemented on handheld calculators, personal computers, and supercomputers. The theoretical aspects of numerical analysis extend to areas such as, for example, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, and analysis and concern global or local error bounding and stability and rates of convergence for algorithms. The course topics include numerical solutions of equations of one variable, interpolation and polynomial approximation, numerical differentiation, numerical integration, numerical linear algebra, and the use of difference equations in solving differential equations.
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Quizzes: Quizzes will be unannounced. Keeping up to date on the readings and practice exercises will help you to be ready to take the quizzes, if any. Since quizzes will be given at the beginning of class, you must be on time; you will not be given extra time during which to take/complete the quiz if you are late. If you miss an quiz, your grade will be recorded as zero (0). You are expected to be on-time for quizzes; you will not be given additional time during which to take/complete a quiz if you are late.
Exams: There will be three (3) examinations and one (1) cumulative final examination . The dates for these examinations are listed below. These examinations will be closed-book. You must bring a calculator for each examination; extra calculators will not be available for you to borrow during the exam. You will not be allowed to use a computer, the calculator on your cell phone or that on any other device, or scrap paper during these examinations. You are expected to be on-time for the examinations; you will not be given additional time during which to take/complete an examination if you are late..
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