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Applied 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 5-6 and weeks 11-12 of the semester. A specific date for these in-class 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
1-2 and 4-5
2
2
Array and Matrix Operations in Matlab
2 and 3
2 and 7
3
Programming in Matlab
6-7 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
5-6
6
Systems of Equations
3
7-11

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
12-13
7c
Curve Fitting -- Interpolation
8
14-15

Numerical Differentiation and Integration & Numerical Solution of ODEs
Lesson #
Topic
Chapters from Gilat
Chapters from Chapra
8a
Numerical Differentiation and Integration
10
16-17
8b
Numerical Solution of IVPs and BVPs
10
18-19

Last updated by Prof. John R. White (Sept. 2006)

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