ABOUT THE COURSE
Numerical methods are
techniques to approximate a mathematical procedure.
needed because we cannot solve the
procedure analytically or because the analytical method is
In this course, you will learn
the numerical methods for the following mathematical
procedures and topics - Differentiation, Nonlinear Equations,
Simultaneous Linear Equations, Interpolation, Regression,
Integration, Ordinary Differential Equations, Fast Fourier
Calculation of errors and their relationship to the accuracy
of the numerical solutions is emphasized throughout the
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MAIN INSTRUCTOR: PROFESSOR AUTAR KAW
Autar Kaw is a
Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Jerome Krivanek
Distinguished Teacher at the
University of South Florida.
He is the author of several textbooks including Numerical
Methods with Applications, Introduction to Matrix Algebra, and Mechanics of Composite
With major funding from National Science
Foundation, he and his colleagues at ODU, FAMU and ASU are developing award-winning comprehensive
web-based resources for an undergraduate course in Numerical
Methods. He is the recipient of the 2004 Council for
Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and The Carnegie
Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching (CFAT) Florida
Professor of the Year Award, and the 2003 ASEE Archie Higdon
Distinguished Mechanics Educator Award.
scholarly interests include engineering education research,
development of instructional technologies, thermal stresses,
computational mechanics, composite materials, and mechanics
of functionally graded materials.
CONTRIBUTOR: PROFESSOR DUC NGUYEN
Nguyen is a
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at
Old Dominion University, Virginia.
teaching and research activities have focused in the broad
areas of Numerical Methods, Finite
Computational Mechanics, and Large-scale Parallel Numerical
Algorithms & Software Development.
Dr. Nguyen's research has led
to several international, national, and regional awards,
which have eventually resulted in three published textbooks.
Dr. Nguyen has also been
consistently ranked by his undergraduate and graduate
students as amongst the most effective teaching faculty
members in the entire College of Engineering, and has been
the recipient of several teaching awards at ODU.
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