This page can be reached via my homepage at http://www.math.umbc.edu/~gobbert.

It appears that most of you enjoyed the final project quite a bit. I was generally impressed with the presentations, though not all conclusions were correct. I will put my results on my Matlab webpage as soon as I have time, you may want to check back there.

- volcanox.dat
- volcanoy.dat
- volcanoz.dat
- Documentation on the contents of the data file

- Matthias K. Gobbert,
Math/Psyc 416, (410) 455-2404, gobbert@math.umbc.edu,

office hours: TTh 04:00-05:00 p.m. or by appointment - Times and location:
TTh 06:00-09:10 p.m., ECS 104A (SGI instructional computer lab).

Note that the room has been changed against the one listed in the printed schedule of classes. - Prerequisites: Math 152, Math 221, CMSC 104, or instructor approval.
- Textbook: Stephen J. Chapman, MATLABŪ Programming for Engineers, Brooks/Cole, 2000.
- Grading policy:

Homework Final exam 50% 50%

This class is designed to provide a thorough introduction to programming and the use of high-level software packages using the example of Matlab. We will start by introducing basic data structures and programming elements. A brief introduction to the UNIX environment will be included here. Then we will work our way up to higher-level programming structures and discuss their use in mathematics and mathematical applications. This will include the use of important routines for finding polynomial roots, eigenvalues of matrices, and effective two- and three-dimensional graphics. Additionally, we will discuss selected features from the symbolic toolbox and the IEEE standard for floating-point numbers.

The class meetings will typically be divided into a lecture followed by supervised lab work. Active participation is vital to learning the material. Assignments will come in three flavors in this class:

- Problems will be assigned in the lab portion of the lecture to be completed immediately under supervision.
- Some review problems will be assigned each lecture, to be completed by the next lecture; this review always includes all quizzes posed in the textbook, whose solutions are given in the back of the text.
- More extensive problems will be assigned typically over a weekend, which must be turned in with complete documentation; see the general policies and procedures for more information.

- Basic Introduction to Matlab at UMBC under Software-Related Links on my homepage
- Syllabus including dates of the exams
- General policies and procedures including grading guidelines

Copyright © 2000-2001 by Matthias K. Gobbert. All Rights Reserved.

This page version 2.5, January 2001.