MAT 395, Numerical Analysis, Fall 2016, MWF 10:00-10:50 am, Noyce 2245


Professor: Jeff Blanchard, Noyce 2516, 269-3304, email prefix: blanchaj

Text: Numerical Analysis by T. Sauer (the first edition). It is important and expected that you read the text, especially the examples.

Office Hours:
Monday: 11:00-12:00 and 2:30-3:30
Tuesday: By appointment from 8:30-11:00
Wednesday: 11:00-12:00
Thursday: By appointment from 8:30-11:00
Friday: 11:00-12:00 and 2:30-3:30
By appointment; please email me to set up a time. See my weekly schedule.

Learning Goals:

This course will study the fundamental ideas and mathematical backgroud for numerical techniques used to solve or approximate the solution to a wide range of scientfic problems. The course will cover the application of numerical algorithms to nonlinear equations, linear and nonlinear systems of equations, interpolation, and numerical linear algebra. The primary learning goals for this course are:


This class will meet approximately three hours per week. To accomplish the course learning goals students should expect to spend at least nine additional hours per week completing assignments and studying course material.


There will be regular homework assignments consisting of reading, exercises, and computing. Exercises and computing assignments are due at the beginning of class on the assignment due date. Homework will be posted on Pioneerweb. The lowest homework score will be dropped.

Midterm Exams:

There will be two in-class, midterm exams tentatively scheduled for Friday, September 30 and Monday, November 14. These midterm exams will test the material covered since the previous exam.

Final Exam:

The final exam is scheduled for Thursday, December 15, at 9:00 am. The final exam is three hours and will be comprehensive. Do not make arrangements to leave campus prior to the final exam. (Such situations will result in the loss of a letter grade on the final exam.)
Course Grade:
Participation: 5%
Homework: 25%
Midterm Exams: 40% (20% each)
Final Exam: 30%

Academic Honesty:

All students must be aware of and comply with the Grinnell College Academic Honesty policy. In this course students may collaborate on homework assignments provided they submit their own work and identify their collaborators. Both midterm exams and the final exam are closed notes, closed book, and the student may not consult any resource not provided with the exam.


Absences permitted by the college (athletics, performance, religious observation, etc.) must be coordinated prior to the class period in order to make arrangements for the missed homework or exams. This coordination must be done in person prior to the absence.


If you are in need of specific learning accommodations, please let me know early in the semester so that your learning needs may be appropriately met. If you have not already done so, you will need to provide documentation to the Coordinator for Disability Resources, Autumn Wilke, located on the 3rd floor of the Rosenfield Center (x3702) and discuss your needs with her.

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