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24-311  NUMERICAL METHODS  Fall 2003   

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Steven C. Chapra 
Numerical Methods for Engineers (Fourth edition)
McGraw-Hill, ISBN 0-07-243193-8 


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


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 (HH-C101) 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. 
Hand-in 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:
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 afterward--solutions 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 make-up quiz may not be of the same difficulty as the in-class quiz.   The instructor can also give an oral make-up quiz instead. 


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: 100-90%    B: 90-80%   C: 80-70%    D: 70-60%


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!


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