Syllabus for Math 541
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Calculus, basic Computer skills (CS 107
or Math 242) and Linear Algebra (Math 254 or Math 342A
or AE 280) with at least a C or better in
each of these courses
Cleve Moler: Numerical
Computing in Matlab
Course Catalog Description:
Solution of equations of one variable, polynomial
interpolation and approximation, numerical
differentiation and quadrature, linear least squares
approximation, the fast Fourier transformation.
Student Learning Outcomes:
At the end of this course students will be able to:
- Numerical tools for problem solving.
- How to translate mathematical problems into MatLab
- Error and convergence analysis
- Computational mathematics has errors
- Must understand sources of errors and improvement
- How to implement Calculus on computers: Solve
f(x)=0, Integration, ...
- Use MatLab to solve problems in Linear Algebra
- Work with data: Fitting with splines and least
squares best fits
- To Be Continued?
Course Objectives and
Expectations on Students:
This course is a 3 unit course designed for students
who are majoring in mathematics and ones in engineering
and the applied sciences. This course is very important
for students ... to be continued
More to follow.
Scope and Purpose of the Course:
The scope and purpose of this course is being
Course Assessment and Grading
Details of the course and timelines are available on
the HW Assignment
- Homework assignments, including WeBWorK (40%)
- Formal Lab Reports (applied problems) (10%)
- Probably 2 Midterms and Final with part being
The grade divisions are typically 85-100 is an A, 73-85 is a B, 62-73 is a C, 50-62 is a D, and below 50 is an F with + or -
assigned near the boundary (within 3%).
Accommodation Of Disability:
Students with disabilities who may need academic
accommodations should notify the professor in writing
within the first two weeks of instruction. Students need
appropriate forms aproved by SDS (Calpulli Center, Suite
3101). All information will be kept confidential.
Students that need evacuation assistance during campus
emergencies should also meet with the instructor as soon
as possible to assure the health and safety of all
students. If you encounter a problem accessing anything
in this course, please contact me as soon as possible.
Classroom Behavior And Student
Code Of Conduct
Other Course Policies
- It is expected that students will conduct
themselves within the standards outlined in the
student code of conduct,
disciplinary procedure and student due process.
Disciplinary action will be taken by the instructor as
necessary. See more information at the SDSU
Student Ethical & Civic Responsibility Code.
- Students are expected to come to class in a timely
manner, prepared for the day’s work. Full
participation for the entire
class period in activities, class exercises and
discussions is required.
- Please turn off all cell phones,
pagers, etc. You will be released from class with an
unexcused absence for making or accepting telephone
calls or text messages in the classroom.
- It is the student’s responsibility to make up missed
material. This includes, but is not limited to,
obtaining missed lecture notes from another student
(not from the instructor), and finding out about any
modifications of schedules or assignments announced
during class time.
- WeBWorK assignments are posted with
a specific due date. It is the student’s
responsibility to complete the assignment on time.
- Academic dishonesty will result in
a grade of zero for the assignment and will be
reported to Academic Affairs. It may result in further
disciplinary action. Academic dishonesty includes, but
is not limited to, cheating, which includes
unauthorized collaboration and plagiarism.
- Missed Exams: Students will receive a ZERO for any
missed exam, except for written/documented excuses
(illness, personal/family crises, etc.).
- Even the visual presence of a Cell Phone
during an Exam will result in a ZERO
for that Exam.
- The instructor will make special arrangements for
students with documented learning disabilities and
will try to make accommodations for other unforeseen
circumstances, e.g., illness,
personal/family crises, etc. in a way that is fair to
all students enrolled in the class. Please contact the
instructor EARLY regarding special circumstances.
- Students are expected and encouraged to ask
questions in class.
- Students are expected and encouraged to make use of
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