Department of Mathematics Syllabus

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MAT 128A: Numerical Analysis
Approved: 1989-09-01 (revised 2011-08-01, A. Cheer)

Suggested Textbook: (actual textbook varies by instructor; check your instructor)
Burden and Faires’ Numerical Analysis, 9th Edition; Brooks Cole Publishing; Pricing with from $173.00 to $244.00;
Search by ISBN on Amazon: 9780538733519

Suggested Schedule:





Chapter 1 (1.1 – 1.3)


Chapter 3 (3.1 – 3.6)


Chapter 8 (8.1 –8.6; note that 8.3 can be done if time allows)


Chapter 4 (4.1 – 4.8)

28-29 Lectures Total (In a normal Fall Quarter, this leaves one unassigned lecture.)

Additional Notes:

Topics may be taken in the order specified above or chapter 4 may be done before chapter 8.

5-6 computation problems involving the solution of stated problems using the computer are assigned throughout the quarter. Normally one week is allowed for the completion of each computation assignment.


There is a midterm and final to this course.