MTH 437/537 Introduction to Numerical Analysis I Fall 2007
Times, places Class: 437/537 TuTh 9:3010:50am Math 250
Lab: 437A Tu 8:008:50am Math 150 or computer lab
Instructor John Ringland. Office: Math Bldg 206. Phone: 6456284 ext 147.
Office hours: to be announced in 2nd week. Also meetings by appointment.
Website http://orange.math.buffalo.edu/437/ Bookmark it, and check it often!
Textbook Numerical Analysis, by Timothy Sauer (AddisonWesley, 2006).
Supplementary notes by instructor.
Software Predominantly Matlab and Octave. Almost all the code you'll write will be executable in both Matlab and
Octave. Matlab is available in computer labs. For your own computer, the Matlab student version is $50 at
UBMicro. (Full version is $500.) Alternatively, you can use Octave which is free: download and installation
instructions are on the website.
Syllabus Attached, and on website.
Grades Homework: 25%
Inclass tests: 3 x 20%
Class participation 5%
Labs The labs, conducted by the TA and/or me, will start Tuesday, Sep 4.
Homework The homework will always be due at the beginning of a class period. No late homework will be accepted.
Solutions will be available on the website. In the computation of your overall grade, your lowest homework
score will be dropped.
Tests Test #1: Thu, Sep 27. Test #2: Tue Oct 30. Test #3: Thu, Dec 6.
Project Involves computation and a formal report. Due at the beginning of class, Tue, Nov 20.
Computer account You must have a unix.nsm account to use the computer lab.
Bail-out dates I hope these will not be relevant to you, but just in case:
Friday, Sep 7 is the last day to drop the class with no record on your transcript,
Friday, Nov 9 is the last day to resign from the course (with an R on your transcript).
How to succeed in this course Sustained steady effort: starting today! Make full use of the resources available to you: the
textbook, the website, me (Ask questions in class! See me during office hours, and by appointment.), the TA
(in labs, during office hours, and by appointment), and last but definitely not least your fellow students! Start
homework assignments early! Get a studygroup together!
MTH 437/537, Fall 2007
I can do a better job if I know something about you.
Would you please supply the information requested below
Degree program & year in program:
(3) An alias of your choice, to permit anonymous online posting of grades: something that cannot be traced to you
(cannot be your real name or an abbreviation of it, not your person number, not your gmail account name, etc.):
(4) How many times have you used Matlab?
(5) How many times have you used Octave?
(6) How many times have you used Maple?
How many lines of computer code have you written? (0 or order of magnitude):
(8) What are your plans after you get your degree? (in 5 words or less!)
(9) What are you hoping you will get out of this course?
NOTE: If you have a diagnosed disability (physical, learning or psychological) which will make it difficult for you to carry
out the course work as outlined, or requires accommodations such as recruiting note takers, readers, or extended time on
exams and/or assignment, please advise me during the first two weeks of the course so we may review possible
arrangements for reasonable accommodations.