Meeting times: MWF 1:25 - 2:15 PM at LeConte (LC) 303B.
Instructor: Dr. Peter G. Binev http://www.math.sc.edu/~binev/
Prerequisites: MATH 700.
Learning Outcomes: At the end of this course students will be able to read, interpret, and use vocabulary, symbolism, and basic definitions from Numerical Linear Algebra. The students will be able to develop and/or use facts, formulas, and techniques learned in this course to apply algorithms and theorems to find numerical solutions, analyze stability and theoretically bound their errors to various types of problems including singular value decomposition, matrix factorizations, direct and iterative methods, pre-conditioning, eigenvalue / eigenvector problems, and conjugate gradient methods.
Attendance: Regular class attendance is important. A grade penalty will be applied to any student missing five or more classes (10%) during the semester. The "10 percent rule" stated above applies to both excused and unexcused absences. Students who anticipate potential excessive absences due to participation in permissible events as described in the USC Academic Bulletins (http://www.sc.edu/bulletin/ugrad/acadregs.html#class atten.) should receive prior approval from the instructor to potentially avoid such penalty.
Cell Phones: All cell phones must be turned off during the class.
Homework: A few homework problems will be assigned each class. Be sure to solve and write these problems before the next class. Some solutions will be collected (with or without preliminary notice).
Projects: Every student has to choose a project motivated by the computational or theoretical problems discussed in the course. Several possible themes for the projects will be suggested by the instructor in the length of the course. The project in a form of a poster, slides, or a short paper should be submitted on or before April 20, 2009.
Presentations: The students should also prepare a 15-minute oral presentation about their projects during the class on April 22, 2009.
Discussions: The homework and the projects will be discussed in class. The participation in the discussions will be taken into account as part of the homework grade.
Midterm Exam: There will be a midterm exam in a form of a test. The tentative date of the exam is February 16, 2009. The problems on the test will be similar to the ones from the homework and the discussions in class.
Final Exam: The final exam in a form of a test will take place on Monday, May 4 at 2:00 PM.
Grading: The final grade will be determined from the homework (30%), the midterm exam (20%), the project (20%), and the final (30%).
Academic Dishonesty: Cheating and plagiarism will not be allowed. The University of South Carolina has clearly articulated its policy governing academic integrity and students are encouraged to carefully review the policy on the Honor Code in the Carolina Community (see http://www.jour.sc.edu/pages/academicintegrity/policies.html).
ADA: If you have special needs as addressed by the Americans with Disabilities Act and need any assistance, please notify the instructor immediately.
January 16 – Last day to drop without W
February 16 – Midterm Exam
February 23 – Last day to drop without WF
April 20 – Deadline to submit the projects
April 22 – Project Presentations
May 4 – Final Exam at 2:00 PM