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Problem Solving with Matlab (10.317)
Detailed Course Syllabus
This page represents a working course syllabus that lists the
subjects to be treated and the associated reading assignment from
your course textbooks for each lesson. Generally, it represents
a rough road map for the entire course, and it follows your textbooks
fairly closely (for the general subject areas, at least). This
syllabus is tentative and it will be modified as required to meet
the needs of this particular class  but I hope to go as far
as possible through the topics listed, with at least an introduction
to some of the material in Lesson 8. Note that there is usually
one homework set for each lesson. The specific problems for each
assignment are given in a class handout (and on the web), and
the due dates for the assignments will be announced in class.
Note about Exams and Quizzes:
The two semester exams will occur somewhere around weeks 56 and
weeks 1112 of the semester. A specific date for these inclass
exams will be announced a minimum of one week before the exam.
The comprehensive final exam (3 hours) will occur during Finals
Week as formally scheduled by the Registrar. There will be no
makeup exams. The several quizzes given during the semester will
be unannounced  with no opportunity for makeup since the solutions
will be discussed in class  so regular attendance is expected!
Matlab
Fundamentals 
Lesson
# 
Topic 
Chapters
from Gilat 
Chapters
from Chapra 
1 
Getting
Started with Matlab 
12 and 45 
2 
2 
Array
and Matrix Operations in Matlab 
2 and 3 
2 and 7 
3 
Programming
in Matlab 
67
and 9 
3 
Introduction
to Numerical Error and Related Topics 
Lesson
# 
Topic 
Chapters
from Gilat 
Chapters
from Chapra 
4 
Numerical
Errors 
 
1 and 4 
Root
Finding, Linear Algebra, and Solution of Linear/Nonlinear
Equations 
Lesson
# 
Topic 
Chapters
from Gilat 
Chapters
from Chapra 
5 
Root
Finding and Polynomial Operations 
8 and 10 
56 
6 
Systems
of Equations 
3 
711 
Basic
Statistics and Curve Fitting Techniques 
Lesson
# 
Topic 
Chapters
from Gilat 
Chapters
from Chapra 
7a 
Basic
Probability and Statistics 
 
12

7b 
Curve
Fitting  Regression 
8 
1213 
7c 
Curve
Fitting  Interpolation 
8 
1415 
Numerical
Differentiation and Integration & Numerical Solution
of ODEs 
Lesson
# 
Topic 
Chapters
from Gilat 
Chapters
from Chapra 
8a 
Numerical
Differentiation and Integration 
10 
1617 
8b 
Numerical
Solution of IVPs and BVPs 
10 
1819 
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updated by Prof. John R. White (Sept. 2006)
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