MAD 4401 Introduction to Numerical Analysis – Spring 2018

Professor Bruce H. Edwards

409 Little Hall
Department Phone (352) 294-2350

Section 3132, Little 219. MWF 5th period

Section 4815, Little 239, MWF 7th period


Office Hours

Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:00 – 10:30. Also by appointment.


Grade of C or better in MAS 3114 or MAS 4105, plus experience with a scientific programming language.

Course Description

MAD 4401 is a 3 credit course covering numerical approximation techniques. Topics will include
(a) Solutions to equations in one variable, (b) Interpolation, (c) Numerical differentiation and integration,
(d) Numerical solution to differential equations, and (e) Approximation theory.



Matlab References



Homework will be due every Friday (except on test days) at the beginning of the period.
You are encouraged to work in groups of up to five students, and turn in a single assignment.
Neatness is mandatory!.


There will be a quiz every Friday (except on test days).
The best 8 scores (out of 10) will determine your quiz total.



Tests (Written medical documentation is required for makeup tests.)

  • Test 1: Friday, February 9
  • Test 2: Friday, March 23
  • Test 3: Monday, April 23

200 Total Points

  • Three 40-point tests: 120
  • 8 5-point quizzes: 40
  • Homework: 40


  • A: 90 – 100%
  • A-: 87 – 89.99%
  • B+: 84 – 86.99%
  • B: 80 – 83.99%
  • B-: 77 – 79.99%
  • C+: 74 – 76.99%
  • C: 70 – 73.99%
  • D: 60 – 69.99%
  • E: 0 – 59.99%

University Resources and Policies

Students with disabilities requesting accommodations should first register with
the Disability Resource Center (352-392-8565) by providing appropriate
documentation. Once registered, students will receive an accommodation
letter which must be presented to the instructor when requesting
accommodation. Students with disabilities should follow this procedure
as early as possible in the semester.

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please consult with the instructor or TAs in this class.”