CS 4220/5223 + MATH 4260

Numerical Analysis: Linear and Nonlinear Problems

Location: Hollister Hall B14
Lecture: MWF 2:30-3:20
Discussion: Piazza
Course material: GitHub

Prof: David Bindel
Email: bindel@cs.cornell.edu
OH: W 1:30-2:30, Th 10-11
Scheduler link


2016-05-11: Final exam is posted on the project page, due May 19 by midnight.

2016-05-05: HW 6 and final review notes are posted.

2016-05-04: We will do a take-home final by popular demand, May 12-19.

2016-04-28: Project 3 due date is now May 6 and HW6 is May 13.

2016-04-18: Project 3 is posted on the assignments page.

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Scientists, engineers, mathematicians, and computer scientists use models to describe everything from the ringing of bells to the evolution of animal populations to the relationships between web pages. We turn to computers to help us analyze all but the simplest such models; but how can an inherently discrete device such as a computer solve continuous problems quickly and reliably? This is the fundamental question we address in CS 4220: Numerical Analysis: Linear and Nonlinear Problems.

In this semester of the two-part numerical sequence offered jointly with mathematics, we introduce numerical methods for standard problems in linear algebra, then apply them to the solution of nonlinear systems of equations and optimization problems. The course will involve a mix of theoretical and practical exercises that will illustrate how to use numerical tools wisely (we hope!) when solving scientific problems.

See the syllabus for more information on course logistics.