466/666 NUMERICAL METHODS I (3+0) 3 credits
Instructor Course Section Time Room
Eric Olson Math 466/666 Numerical Methods I MWF noon-12:50pm DMS106
due to COVID the first
week is on Zoom
- Eric Olson
- Please contact me through WebCampus
- DMS 238 and through Zoom (preferred) by appointment
- Live Stream:
- If you can't come to class due to sickness, quarantine or other reasons,
please join via the Zoom link in
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- Course References:
- Hosking, Joe, Joyce and Turner, First Steps in Numerical Analysis,
2nd Edition, 1996, Arnold.
- Justin Solomon,
Numerical Algorithms: Methods for Computer
Vision, Machine Learning and Graphics, CRC Press, 2015.
- Endre Suli, David F. Mayers,
An Introduction to Numerical Analysis, 1st Edition,
Cambridge University Press, 2003.
- Anthony Ralston and Philip Rabinowitz, A First Course in Numerical
Analysis, Second Edition, Dover, 1978.
- Richard Hamming, Numerical Methods for Scientists and Engineers,
Second Edition, Dover, 1986.
Course materials specific for this section of Math 466 are available
by clicking on this link. Details for how to
access these files may be found on our course page in WebAssign.
- HW1 from First Steps in Numerical Analysis
- Step 1 Exercise 1
- Step 2 Exercise 2abcd
- Step 3 Exercises 1, 3, 4
- Step 4 Exercises 1abef, 2abef
- Step 5 Exercises 1abc, 2abc, 3, 5
- HW2 from First Steps in Numerical Analysis (Due Oct 14)
- Step 6 Exercise 2abc
- Step 7 Checkpoint 3, Exercise 3 (except to 4D)
- Step 8 Exercise 2abc
- Step 9 Exercises 1, 3
- Step 10 Exercises 2, 5
Information about Software
[21-Sep-2022] Homework 1 Solutions
I have created solutions for the first homework.
Even if you received
full points (grading still in progress), please look at
my solutions as they include some tips about Julia and might also
show a different theoretical approach. If you
find any errors in my solutions, please let me know through
WebCampus or after class.
For an experiment I used an iPad with pencil, folio keyboard and the
Notability app to make these solutions. Although Julia doesn't run on
an iPad, it was possible to log in to a Linux computer via
secure shell and access it with the Terminus app.
After that most of my work was
done split screen with Terminus on one side and Notability on the other.
The iPad experienced a hard crash
at one point and had to be power cycled, but otherwise
things worked reasonably well.
As far as I can tell secure shell hangs up in about 15 seconds from an
iPad if you swipe it into the background. Does anyone know how to open
a secure shell session that remains connected as one swipes between other apps?
Update: Apparently the way to keep a task running in the background on an
iPad is to register it to receive location data from the GPS. It turns out
that Terminus has the option to request location data and after enabling
that my connection to the server doesn't hangup anymore.
[21-Oct-2022] Theoretical Midterm
The theoretical midterm will be October 21.
- Review all checkpoint questions from Steps 1 to 10.
- Review the homework and be prepared to perform simple calculations
with a calculator rated to error estimates and root finding.
The computer will not be used for this exam.
- Know the proof of Taylor's theorem.
- Know the proof of the rate of convergence of Newton's method.
[16-Sep-2022] Homework 1 Due
The first homework assignment is due scanned and uploaded to
for grading by the end of the day.
[28-Aug-2022] Welcome Fall 2022
I am looking forward to seeing you in-person starting the second week
of class. We will meet over Zoom the first week
The reason for this
is because I tested positive for COVID on last Friday.
Please check the
WebAssign page for this course for the link.
To avoid people getting sick
while attending class not only is it import to follow these and related
guidelines, but to understand the spirit in which these rules were made.
Please employ your best judgment to prevent the spread of the epidemic
and its contagious variants.
Do not come to class if you are sick--even if it's something other than
COVID-19. If you are subject to quarantine because of exposure to the
disease, please stay home. If you are already sick or in quarantine
(like I am) and can't come on the first day of class, check the
WebCampus page for this
course later today for the Zoom link and other information.
While this section of Math 330 is not high-flex, in anticipation of
increased absences due to the epidemic I will live-stream our class
meetings each day at a link available in WebCampus and maintain an
online archive of course materials including lecture notes, assignments
and other announcements. Unless there is a change in policy, in-person
attendance will be required for all exams and the final.
Last year I discovered that Zoom worked well for office hours as it
provided greater flexibility to meet with students: Our meeting times
can be arranged around individual schedules and there is no need to go
to campus just to ask a question. Please send me a message on WebCampus
to schedule all office hours.
As in previous semesters, students should avoid congregating around
instructional space entrances before or after class sessions and exit
the instructional space immediately after the end of instruction to
help ensure social distancing and allow for the persons attending the
next scheduled class session to enter. Note that students who cannot
wear a face covering due to a medical condition or disability, or who
are unable to remove a mask without assistance may seek accommodation
through the Disability Resource Center.
Theoretical Midterm 75 points
Practical Midterm 75 points
Homework 50 points
Computer Labs 50 points
Final 100 points
250 points total
Exams and quizzes will be interpreted according to the following
Grade Minimum Percentage
A 90 %
B 80 %
C 70 %
D 60 %
The instructor reserves the right to give plus or minus grades and
than shown on the scale if he believes they are warranted.
Quiz and Exam Schedule
There will be two midterms one covering your knowledge of the theory
and another covering your ability to use a computer to perform
practical computations. The final exam will test both. In
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Sun Aug 28 10:48:49 AM PDT 2022