Syllabus for Math 311, Winter 2020

Course Description

Interpolation, curve fitting, numerical differentiation and integration, and numerical solutions to linear, non-linear and differential systems.

Important Dates

First day of classes is on Wednesday, January 8th.

Last day to add/drop a class online without a fee is on Friday, January 10th.

Last day to add a class with faculty signature is on Friday, January 17th.

Martin Luther King Day is on Monday, January 20th.

Last day to drop a class (with fee) is on Wednesday, January 29th.

Withdrawls begin with W or WF is on Monday, February 10th.

President's Day is on Monday, February 17th.

Last day to withdraw from a class (with fee) is on Thursday, February 27th.

Kuhio Day Holiday is on Thursday, March 26th.

Reading Day is on Saturday, April 11th.

Reading Day is on Monday, April 13th.

Last day of classes (including finals) is on Friday, April 17th.

Calculators and Computers

Any calculator can be helpful in the course. However, work must always be shown to receive full credit. You will not receive credit for just writing down the answer. Answers are not as important as the process through which an answer is derived. You will also be expected to use a computer during the class to program. We will be using the computer programming language R during this class and the interface to R called R-studio. R-studio is the best option to run and write code for R today. It contains windows for your code scripts with windows for plots, help and running the code. Directions on installing R and R-studio are on our class website.

Mathematics Learning Center

The MLC (GCB 173/177) is a good place for math students to study. Other students will be there working on their math homework, which means its a pretty good place to work together. To make it even better, there are math tutors to help on problems that you or your classmates can't solve.

Additional Help

Seek help if and when you need it! The best time to catch me at my office is during my office hours, or by appointment. Email me to schedule an appointment. Use email to ask me a question!


Attendance is mandatory! Come every day! Your attendance and full participation in this class are required for a satisfactory grade. You are responsible for any material covered during your absence! You must ask other classmates for any hints or help learned in class during your absence! Prolonged absence from class or often arriving to class late will lower a student's grade.

Classroom Decorum.

Late arrival or early departure from class, unless by prior agreement with me, is considered to be disruptive classroom behavior. Conversation between students during presentations is considered disruptive behavior. If you find that you are distracted during classroom presentations by disruptive behavior of any sort, please talk with me.

Course Goals

The goal of this course is to provide math majors an introduction to the the numerical analysis. Topics include interpolation, numerical differentiation and integration, and approximation theory. Emphasis will rely on the theory as well as programming.

Instructional Methods

The primary instructional method will be lecture and discussion, where the initial portion of the class is available for questions. Secondary methods include homework, problem sets, programming assignments, quizzes, and written exams, as well as solutions to selected assignments. Tertiary methods may include class handouts, student board work, graphing calculators, and computer software.

Homework and Quizzes

Homework will be given as Problem Sets composed of homework from the textbook, as well as programming assignments. In order to succeed, you need to come to class, prepared to work having previewed the material to be covered that day. Keep up with homework assignments and exams, work more problems than those assigned for homework if necessary. Note that the back of your book gives answers to the problems. Refer to other numerical analysis books online or in the library, form study groups, and get help promptly when problems arise. It is essential to use a good calculator and a computer to do your number crunching. We will be using the HP50G and the programming language R (with R-studio) to do the programming this semester.

Do not copy solutions to problems more or less directly from the internet or from another source (including other students). While I highly encourage you to work in groups and learn from the internet, I would like to see the solutions written in your own words, which demonstrates that you understand the material. If I find two or more solutions, which are essentially the same (notation, structure, words, errors), I will split the points for that question equally among all students submitting that solution. Note that if you cannot do the homework questions without assistance, it may indicate you will not perform well on an exam.


The tests will be in the the Testing Center, except for the final, which will be in our classroom. Students who fail to take an exam during the scheduled time may only take a make-up exam for full credit if previous arrangements were made with the instructor or under extenuating circumstances. Make-up exams are rarely given. Note that class is not held during exam times; hence, the scheduled class time may be used to take exams. Under no circumstances will the lowest exam score be dropped. A schedule of the exams is on the calendar for section 1.

Exam Material covered
1 Chapter 1, 2
2 Chapter 3
3 Chapter 4
4 Chapter 5.1-5.4, 8
Final comprehensive

Final Exam Policy

School policy dictates: "Final exams are to be offered on the specific day and time as determined by the official university exam schedule. Students must plan travel, family visits, etc., in a way that will not interfere with their final exams. Less expensive air fares, more convenient travel arrangements, family events or activities, and any other non-emergency reasons are not considered justification for early or late final exams.'' Exceptions to this policy are as follows and should be submitted in writing to the Dean of the college or school as soon as possible:

Grading and Evaluation

Your course grade will be based on exams, a final, quizzes, and problem sets. Exams will be worth 70% of the course grade, problem sets will be worth 25% of the grade, and the remaining 5% in quizzes. Letter grades will be assigned as follows:

A 93-
A- 90-93
B+ 87-90
B 83-87
B- 80-83
C+ 75-80
C 70-75
C- 65-70
D 55-65
D- 50-55
F Below 50

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