Textbook

Steven C. Chapra
Numerical Methods for Engineers (Fourth edition)
McGrawHill, ISBN 0072431938 

Prerequisites

Prerequisites: Calculus,
Differential Equations, Linear Algebra
Recommended Background:
programming experience in at least one language (C, C++, Java, Perl, Basic, Fortran, etc.) 
Assignments

Reading: Reading
assignments are given every week from the textbook and handouts. Check the
"Schedule" section regularly for each week's reading
assignment.
Problem Sets: 13 problem
sets, most with some computational assignment, are given to help
students better understand the course material. The programming
part of the assignments is not too intensive (if you know the basics
of programming in one language), and the introduction to necessary
programming environments and software tools is provided by the
instructor. Problem sets are downloadable from the "Schedule"
section.
Computational Assignment: You
will need to use commercial mathematical packages, such as MATHCAD, MATLAB and Mathematica. You will be also asked to write your own
computer programs in C/C++/Java. Computers are available in the MechE
Computer (HHC101) Cluster and other
public computer
clusters.
Individual Effort: The solutions to all the problem sets
and the project that you hand in should be generated by your individual
effort. It is ok to discuss the approach to problems with other
students, but the written solutions and programs must be your own work and
should not be copied from someone else.
Handin Directory:
Hand in your solutions to the problem sets by the beginning of the
class (10:30am) on the due date. Program source codes and results
should be copied to one of the following afs directories by the same due date
and time:
/afs/andrew.cmu.edu/course/24/258/nm1/your_email_account
/afs/andrew.cmu.edu/course/24/258/nm2/your_email_account
/afs/andrew.cmu.edu/course/24/258/nm3/your_email_account
Late Policy: 20%
off for one CMU class day, no credit
afterward. For example, suppose the due date is 10:30am Thursday
morning, you will lose 20% if you hand it in by 10:30am Friday. Once solutions are posted on the web, no credit
afterwardsolutions are usually posted Monday afternoon, but they are posted on
Saturday if a quiz is scheduled for the next Tuesday.
Grade Correction: Please
review a graded Problem Set right after it is returned to you to make sure that there is no error in grading. If you find an error,
you need to let the instructor know as soon as possible but no later
than a week from the date the Problem Set is returned to have the
grade corrected. 
Policy
on Missed Quizzes

A missed quiz counts as zero credit unless you get
permission in advance from the instructor. If you are sick a note from
the student health center is also required. A makeup quiz may not be
of the same difficulty as the inclass quiz. The instructor can also
give an oral makeup quiz instead. 
Estimated
Workload

Time management is a critical factor to your academic success,
as to any professional environment. Being a 9 unit course it is expected
that each student will devote at least 9 hours a week to: (1) reading
assignments, (2) attending lectures, (3) completing problem sets, (4)
reviewing lecture materials, and (5) preparing for quizzes.

Your Grade

Your final grade will be
determined by an absolute method of grading. This is to allow you
to obtain a grade based on your individual performance without having to
compete with others. It is thus possible for the whole class to get an A
grade or in the other case for the whole class to get a C grade. (Of
course we hope that you all will work hard and get an A!) The evaluation
of your work in the course will consist of 13 Problem Sets and 4 Quizzes. The
final letter grade ranges are:
A: 10090% B: 9080% C: 8070%
D: 7060%
Item

Percent
of Final Grade 
13 Problem Sets 
4%
x 10 + 3% x 3 = 49% 
4
Quizzes 
12 + 13 + 13 +13 =
51% 
Total 
100% 


You will earn 2% bonus points for completing
one of the sections of the
Mechanical
Engineering ANSYS Web Tutorial by 3:00PM
December 12, 2003. You will also receive a
certificate!

