General Information


A First Course in Numerical Methods by Ascher and Grief (Available at Wheelock Books and also from SIAM bookstore)

Other references

  • Numerical Mathematics, 2nd edition, by Quarteroni, Sacco, and Saleri.
  • Numerical Analysis, 9th edition, by Burden and Faires.
  • Fundamentals of Numerical Analysis by Driscoll and Braun. This book currently costs $28.
  • Scheduled Lectures

    MWF 12:50—1:55
    (x-hour) T 1:20—2:10
    Kemeny 004


    Professor Anne Gelb
    Office: 207 Kemeny Hall
    Office Hours: TBD
    Contact via email.


    There will be two exams, one in the middle of the term and one at the end of the term. The exams are scheduled as follows:

    Exam 1 Date TBD Room TBA
    Exam 2 3/8? Room TBD

    Homework Policy 

    • Homework sets will be assigned weekly. They will be due each Friday, turned into my mailbox, to me directly, or via email. Homework is to be written in a clear and legible manner. Please make sure to include well-documented numerical codes.
    • Late homework will be accepted only in case of serious, unpredictable events such as documented illness or family emergency. Unexcused late and missing papers count zero.
    • I will answer email questions about homework assignments from 8 AM to 5 PM Monday-Friday. I will typically not help you to debug your code. Please allow a 24 hour time period for your email to be answered. I will respond to emails I receive over the weekend on Monday.


    The course grade will be based upon the scores on the two exams and homework as follows:

    Written homework 40 %
    Exam 1 30 %
    Exam 2 30 %

    If you have a conflict with an exam because of a religious observance, scheduled extracurricular activity such as a game or performance [not practice], scheduled laboratory for another course, or similar commitment, please see your instructor as soon as possible. If you must miss a class, it is your responsibility to submit all homework on time, and to arrange to get notes from a classmate.

    The Honor Principle

    Academic integrity is at the core of our mission as mathematicians and educators, and we take it very seriously. We also believe in working and learning together.

    Collaboration on homework is permitted and encouraged, but obviously it is a violation of the honor code for someone to provide the answers for you.

    On written homework, you are encouraged to work together, and you may get help from others, but you must write up the answers yourself. If you are part of a group of students that produces an answer to a problem, you cannot then copy that group answer. You must write up the answer individually, in your own words.

    On exams, you may not give or receive help from anyone. Exams are closed book and closed notes. Calculators are permitted, but no other electronic devices are allowed.


    There are a lot of MATLAB resources on the web. Try here or here for a tutorial.

    Here is a nice review of Householder transforms.

    Special Considerations

    Students with disabilities who will be taking this course and may need disability-related classroom accommodations are encouraged to make an appointment to see their instructor as soon as possible. Also, they should stop by the Academic Skills Center in Collis Center to register for support services.