Math 340 Comuting for Mathematicians, Fall 2008
2:00 - 3:50 pm Monday & Wednesday
Instructor: Dr. Z. Zeng, Office: Sci 218D, Phone: 773-442-5763
Web site: http://www.neiu.edu/~zzeng
Office hours: Monday & Wednesday: 4:00am - 6:30 pm or by appointment via email, No appointment needed during regular office hours.
Prereq: taking or finished Math 202 with grade A, B, or C
Text: An introduction to Scientific Computing with Maple Programming by Z. Zeng and D. Rutschman
Software: It is recommended that you purchase the most recent Maple software by visiting the Maple webpage for this course and receive a discount. Otherwise you'll have to use the computing labs on campus.
Course Fundamentals of computer programming, experimentation,
Description and simulation in mathematics with Maple programming languages. Introduction to documentation, electronic communication and problem solving in mathematical sciences. No prior computer skills required.
Method Lectures, question and answer sessions, moderated individ-
of Instruction ual and group problem solving sessions, hand-in problem
assignments, regular use of technology in and out of the
Homework: There will be weekly homework assignments. These
assignments will be graded on the basis of mathematical
correctness and presentation. Assignments must be in final
form printed out from Maple worksheet when turned in - no
scratch work please. Homework is due on every Monday at the
beginning of the class unless otherwise announced. No late
homework will be accepted but two worst scores will be dropped.
Each assignment must be typed in Maple worksheet with detailed
presentation of your work and results. I reserve the right
to deduct 50% or more for poorly presented assignments. You
are encouraged to discuss with each other but may not copy
works. If you miss a class, please check the web site for
Exams: There will be two Midterm exams on Monday, Oct. 20, and Monday, Dec. 8
and a comprehensive Final Exam on
Thursday., Dec. 11, 2:00-3:50 pm
Method Evaluation of your performance in the course is based on
of Evaluation the mid-term exams (100 points each), homework (200 points),
and the Final Exam (100 points).
The total number of points is 500. The scale of grading:
90-100% (450-500 pts): A, 80-89%(400-449 pts): B,
65-79% (325-399 pts): C, 55-64%(275-324 pts): D
Department secretaries will not give out final grades. Please do not ask.
Friday, Nov. 7 is the last day to drop this class