Math 410: Intro to Numerical Methods

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Catalog Information


Introduction to Numerical Methods.

(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)





Math 314.


Root finding, interpolation, curve fitting, numerical differentiation and integration, multiple integrals, direct solvers for linear systems, least squares, rational approximations, Fourier and other orthogonal methods.

Desired Learning Outcomes


Students are required to have had multivariable calculus.

Minimal learning outcomes

  1. Numerical solution of equations of one variable
    • Bisection method
    • Fixed-point iteration
      • Newton's method
      • Error analysis
    • Polynomial equations
  2. Interpolation
    • Lagrange interpolation
    • Divided-difference methods
    • Hermite interpolation
    • Cubic spline interpolation
  3. Numerical differentiation
    • Richardson's extrapolation
  4. Numerical integration
    • Newton-Cotes formulas
    • Composite integration
    • Adaptive quadrature
    • Gaussian quadrature
    • Multiple integrals
  5. Numerical solution of linear systems
    • Direct methods
      • Gaussian elimination
        • Pivoting strategies
      • Factorization methods
    • Iterative methods
      • Jacobi iteration
      • Gauss-Seidel iteration
      • Relaxation methods

Additional topics

Courses for which this course is prerequisite

Math 410 is the introductory numerical analysis course and is a prerequisite for the other 3 numerical analysis courses: Math 411, 510, and 511. It is also a prerequisite for Math 480.