MAD6406 – Numerical Linear Algebra — Fall, 2017

Time and Location: MWF period 8,  Little Hall, Room 201

Office Hours : MWF period 7 and by appointment made 24 hours in advance.

Note on Email: I often check my email just in the early afternoons on weekdays. So if you need a reply by a certain time, plan ahead accordingly.

Text: Numerical Linear Algebra by  Lloyd N. Trefethen and David Bau III, published by SIAM: Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, 1997.

Prerequisites: MAS 3114, 4105, or 4124; and programming language

Brief Course Description: Topics most useful in applications with emphasis on numerical techniques: systems of linear equations, positive definite and toeplitz systems, least squares problems, singular value decomposition, and eigenvalues. Numerical stability and efficiency of algorithms as well as effect of perturbations on the problem. Companion to MAD 6407.

Grades: Grades will be based on homework (see the homework page for guidelines)

Honor Code: In this course authorized aid on homework consists of talking to me, other students, and looking at the text for this course. This means that you are not allowed to look in other books for solutions to the homework or at the written solutions of other students.

Class Attendance: Most students benefit a great deal from attending class regularly. Arriving late and/or leaving early, reading the newspaper, looking at your cell phone, etc. disrupts the class and is rude and unprofessional.

Additional Information:

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