Math 304, Numerical Methods (Spring 2012)
Lectures: Monday, Wednesday 15:30-16:45 at SOS B21

Emre Mengi
Office: SCI 114
Phone: (212)338-1658
Office Hours:
Mon 11:00-12:00, Fri 10:00-11:00 
or by appointment

Teaching Assistant:
Mustafa Kılı
Office: SCI 111
Office Hours:
Thr 17:30-19:00 or by appointment

Course Description:
The course covers various topics in numerical analysis. The emphasis will be put on the numerical solutions of linear systems, non-linear systems, integrals and ordinary differential equations. We will also touch on topics such as the least squares problem and interpolation that are commonly used to analyze and approximate large-scale data. We will develop numerical algorithms for these main-stream problems, and analyze their accuracy and efficiency. Convergence of the iterative algorithms, for instance for nonlinear systems, will be discussed. In the homeworks you will apply the numerical algorithms to realistic applications.

(See the course syllabus for issues such as grading, a crude course calendar and the formats of the exams.)

  • The final will take place on May 24th, Thursday between 15:00-18:00 at ENG B30.
    • Topics: All topics covered throughout the semester are included. About half of the questions will concern the topics (the Gaussian quadrature and numerical differentiation) not covered in the midterm. 
    • Office Hour: May 23rd, Wednesday (at SCI 114) between 13:00-15:30.

The first text will be available at the photocopy room in the student center. The second will be made available at the reserve desk in the library. You could also buy the second book from the bookstore.

Supplementary Books:

Admittedly the first four books below are advanced. They are intended for ambitious students.The first three will be available at the reserve desk in the library. An electronic copy of the book by Quarteroni, Sacco and Saleri can be accessed through library (visit the website and search for this book).


All hws are due by 5pm on the indicated dates unless otherwise indicated.
The tentative midterm dates are March 14 for the first midterm, and April 25 for the second midterm. These dates will be made definite after taking your exam schedules in account. 

The final date and location will be announced towards the end of the semester.

Exams and Solutions:

Important Enrollment Dates and Holidays:
(Holidays are underlined.)
  • February 6, Monday --- First Day of Classes
  • February 8-10 --- Add-Drop Period
  • March 30, Friday --- Deadline to Withdraw
  • April 9-13 --- Spring Break
  • April 23, Monday --- National Sovereignty and Children's Day
  • May 1, Tuesday --- Labor and Solidarity Day
  • May 18 --- Last Day of Classes