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CS 450 Numerical Analysis

course description time location
Course catalog entry 2:00-3:15pm MW 1320 DCL

Modified Grading Scale

This is the modified grading scale used for overall course letter grades. The scale is the same for both graduate and undergraduate students.

Course Grade Total Score as weighted according to grade breakdown
A+ 95-100
A 90-94
A- 85-89
B+ 80-84
B 75-79
B- 70-74
C+ 65-69
C 60-64
C- 55-59
D+ 50-54
D 45-49
D- 40-44
F 0-39

Course staff


name email office hours office
Prof. Michael T. Heath Monday 3:30-4:30pm 4324 Siebel Center

Teaching assistants

name email office hours location
Nathan Bowman Friday 9-11am SC 0207
Erin Carrier Thursday 9-11am SC 0207
Lishen He Wednesday 3:15-5:15pm SC 0207
Wenyu Ren Tuesday 12:45pm-2:45pm SC 0207


Scientific Computing: An Introductory Survey by Michael T. Heath, McGraw-Hill, 2nd edition, 2002

Discussion forum

Video recordings of lectures

Exams, quizzes, and homework

Exams: one midterm and a final exam, both of which will be offered in the Computer-Based Testing Facility (located in room 57 Grainger Library).

Quizzes: approximately weekly, to be taken online on this website (see detailed schedule below). Homework: assignments due every two weeks (see detailed schedule below). Homework will involve both written exercises and computer problems. The latter must be done in Python. Projects: students taking the course for 4 credit hours must complete a term project. See detailed schedule below for various due dates. More project details can be found at the bottom of this page.

More detailed policies on exams, quizzes, and homework are given below.

Course Policies

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Class schedule

date topic homework quiz project (4-credit only)
Mon Aug 22 Scientific computing
Wed Aug 24 Scientific computing HW1 assigned Quiz 0 due (no credit quiz)
Mon Aug 29 Linear systems Quiz 1 due
Wed Aug 31 Linear systems
Mon Sep 5 Labor Day holiday
Wed Sep 7 Linear systems HW1 due, HW2 assigned
Mon Sep 12 Linear least squares Quiz 2 due
Wed Sep 14 Linear least squares example
Mon Sep 19 Eigenvalue problems Quiz 3 due
Wed Sep 21 Eigenvalue problems HW2 due, HW3 assigned
Mon Sep 26 Eigenvalue problems
Wed Sep 28 Nonlinear equations Quiz 4 due
Mon 0ct 3 Nonlinear equations
Wed 0ct 5 Optimization HW3 due, HW4 assigned Quiz 5 due
Mon 0ct 10 Optimization Proposal due
Wed 0ct 12 Optimization
Mon 0ct 17 Interpolation Quiz 6 due
Wed 0ct 19 Interpolation HW4 due, HW5 assigned
Mon 0ct 24 Numerical quadrature Quiz 7 due
Wed 0ct 26 Numerical quadrature
Mon 0ct 31 IVPs for ODEs Quiz 8 due
Wed Nov 2 IVPs for ODEs HW5 due, HW6 assigned
Mon Nov 7 IVPs for ODEs Progress report due
Wed Nov 9 BVPs for ODEs Quiz 9 due
Mon Nov 14 BVPs for ODEs
Wed Nov 16 PDEs HW6 due, HW7 assigned Quiz 10 due
Mon Nov 21 Fall break
Wed Nov 23 Fall break
Mon Nov 28 PDEs
Wed Nov 30 PDEs
Mon Dec 5 FFT Quiz 11 due
Wed Dec 7 Stochastic simulation HW7 due Final report due

Grading Information

Grade Breakdown

HW 30%
Midterm 20%
Final 35%
Quiz 15%

Grade Scale

Academic Grading System in the US

Course Grade Total Score as weighted above
A+ [97,100)
A [93,97)
A- [90,93)
B+ [87,90)
B [83,87)
B- [80,83)
C+ [77,80)
C [73,77)
C- [70,73)
D+ [67,70)
D [63,67)
D- [55,63)
F [ 0,55)

4 Credit Hour Project Details

All students taking the course for 4 credit hours must complete a project. This project is chosen by the student with the consent of the instructor.

To ensure that a given project is appropriate in scope and content, students must submit a brief description of the proposed project for approval before beginning implementation. The instructor may suggest modifications or alternatives, if appropriate. Projects are evaluated for both correctness and creativity. Projects are graded as satisfactory/unsatisfactory and make no contribution to the final grade, only to the hours of credit received.

Progress proposals, reports and final reports will be submitted on Relate (the course website). Additional details regarding expectations for the progress report and the final project report will be given in the individual submission spots. Due dates for each portion are shown in the schedule above.

Possible types of projects include:

If you are unsure about what project to propose or what sort of project is acceptable, feel free to consult the instructor.