Course syllabus - Numerical Methods with MATLAB, 7.5 credits
Spring semester 2020
G1F (First cycle, has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements).
School of Education, Culture and Communication
Course literature is preliminary up to 8 weeks before course start. Course literature can be valid over several semesters.
Numerical methods using MATLAB
4. ed. : Upper Saddle River, N.J. : Prentice Hall, 2003 - v, 680 s.
ISBN: 9780130652485 LIBRIS-ID: 8736441
Numerical methods are used to solve mathematical problems by the help of computers. In economics and engineering different mathematical models are developed to analyse some interesting problems. These models are often very complex and involve a large number of variables and conditions. Different kinds of approximations can be used to solve such problems by a computer. This course focuses on some of the most important methods. The numerical software package MATLAB is introduced and used throughout the course. Basic algorithms and programming in MATLAB are included in the course.
At the end of the course the student is expected to be able to
- construct and apply small programs in MATLAB to mathematical problems.
- solve non-linear equations, in particular using fix-point iteration methods.
- solve linear equation systems using gaussian elimination and perform different kinds of matrix factorization (like LU-factorization).
- approximate derivatives using difference quotent and central-difference formulas.
- construct Taylor polynomials for a given function and interpolation polynomials, like Lagrange and Newton polynomials, for a given set of points.
- use numerical methods (like the methods of Euler, Heun and Runge-Kutta) to solve differential equations.
- use numerical methods (like Simpson's rule) to perform integration.
- carry out computational projects within numerical methods using MATLAB, to write structured reports and to perform oral presentations.
Introduction to MATLAB, basic algorithms in programming and programming in MATLAB. Numerical methods: non-linear equations, linear systems, interpolation, numerical differentiation, differential equations and numerical integration. Applications in economics.
Methods and problems will be discussed during the lectures. To every lecture each student must prepare solutions to a set of proposed problems for each lecture (These problems are specified in the beginning of the course). All students must be ready to present what they have prepared at the whiteboard and be able to answer questions related to the topics of the lecture. Preparations, presentations and answering questions are essential parts of the examination so it is mandatory to attend each lecture.
Computer laborations will also be scheduled. In advance, a number of exercises should be prepared in order to implement MATLAB functions to solve these problems.
Vector Algebra 7,5hp and Single Variable Calculus 7.5hp or corresponding.
Laboratory work (LAB1), computer project, 3 credits, marks Pass (G)
Folder examination and quizzes (PRO1), 4.5 credits, marks Pass (G) or Pass with distinction (VG)
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