Department of Mathematics Syllabus

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MAT 128B: Numerical Analysis in Solution of Equations
Approved: 1990-03-01 (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 2 (2.1 – 2.6)


Chapter 6 (6.1 – 6.7)

Note: Sections 6.4 and 6.5 should be regarded as review material from MAT 22A)


Chapter 7 (7.1 – 7.5)


Chapter 9 (9.1 – 9.3)


Chapter 10 (10.1 – 10.2 and brief coverage of 10.3 and 10.4)

27 Lectures Total (Note: This may leave one unassigned lecture.)

Additional Notes:

Topics may be taken in the order specified above or Chapter 10 may be done before Chapter 9.

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


There is a midterm and final scheduled for this course.