CS 6210, Fall 2013
Time: MWF 11:15-12:05
Location: Upson 211

Course description

CS 6210 is a graduate-level introduction to numerical linear algebra.
Topics include:

Background: floating point, cache architecture

Linear systems and Gaussian elimination; structured linear systems

Least squares problems

Unsymmetric eigenvalue problems

Symmetric eigenvalue problems

Iterative methods for linear systems and eigenvalue problems

We will spend approximately seven weeks on background, linear systems,
and least squares (chapters 1–5 in Golub and Van Loan), and another
seven weeks on eigenvalue problems and iterative methods (chapters
7–10). The midterm will fall at the halfway point.

Instructor and office hours

David Bindel
5137 Upson Hall
Phone: 607-255-5395
E-mail:

Open office hours are:

W 1:30-2:30

Th 3:00-4:00

F 10:00-11:00

Or drop in if the door is wide open and I don’t look like I’m going crazy!

Homework will be assigned in lecture roughly every other week, and
will be due before the next assignment. The assignments will involve
both MATLAB programming and more theoretical exercises.

You may talk to each other about the homework, but:

Your final write-up and code should be your own.

If you got a good idea from someone else, provide attribution.
If you and a friend figure out the idea of a solution together,
you can mutually cite each other.

Emergency procedures

In the event of a major campus emergency like an H1N1 flu outbreak, course
requirements, deadlines, and grading percentages are subject to changes that
may be necessitated by a revised semester calendar or other circumstances.
Any such announcements will be posted to the course home page.