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MTH 280 - Numerical Analysis

Course Instructor

  • Name: Ustun Yildirim
  • Email: ustun.yildirim (a t) rochester (d o t) edu
  • Office: Hylan 1001
  • Zoom link: (you can find the password on Blackboard under Course Materials)
  • Office hours: Wed 9:30-11:00 am or by appointment (on Zoom).

Classroom & Time : TR 9:40-10:55 am on Zoom (Rochester local time) (Please go on Blackboard to see the password.)

Prerequisites: MTH235, or MTH173.

Requirement: Webcam for exams is required

Textbook: Numerical Analysis: Mathematics of Scientific Computing (3rd Edition) by David Kincaid and Ward Cheney

Lecture notes

Homework Sets

Description & Syllabus

Numerical analysis is the study of algorithms for the problems of continuous mathematics. Numerical analysis has been described as “mathematical engineering”, obtaining concrete answers to practical questions and justifying the answers. MTH 280 gives the student a deeper look into the algorithms and computational aspects lurking behind obtaining solutions to problems in Calculus, Differential Equations, and Linear Algebra and it uses tools from those three subjects (and more) to accomplish that goal.

MTH280 will cover roughly Chapters 1-8 of the textbook. Time permitting it may further cover select topics from the last 3 chapters.


There will be one midterm, one final and 7 homework sets. Homework sets will include programming questions. You may use C or Python to answer programming questions. These will be fairly short coding questions. However, if you have no programming experience and are concerned about this, let me know as soon as possible.

Midterm will be on Oct 22, 2020.

Final exam will be on Dec 10, 2020.

If you need to take a make up exam, you have to contact the instructor as soon as possible. Make up exams will only be offered for valid reasons with proper documentation.

Homework sets will be due about every two weeks. They will be posted here.

Grade distribution is as follows:

  • Midterm: 25% (covers the first half of the semester)
  • Final: 25% (covers the second half of the semester)
  • Homework: 50%
  • Your lowest homework set will be dropped.

Disability Support

The University of Rochester respects and welcomes students of all backgrounds and abilities. In the event you encounter any barrier(s) to full participation in this course due to the impact of disability, please contact the Office of Disability Resources. The access coordinators in the Office of Disability Resources can meet with you to discuss the barriers you are experiencing and explain the eligibility process for establishing academic accommodations. You can reach the Office of Disability Resources at: (585) 275-3424; Taylor Hall. Or, visit Disability Resources.

Please note that to be granted alternate testing accommodations, you (the student) must fill out forms with Disability Resources at least seven days before each and every exam. These forms are not sent automatically. Instructors are not responsible for requesting alternative testing accommodations at CETL or making accommodations on their own.

Academic Integrity Statement

All assignments and activities associated with this course must be performed in accordance with the University of Rochester’s Academic Honesty Policy. More information is available at:

Course Credit-Hour Policy

This course follows the College credit hour policy for four-credit courses. This course meets 3 academic hours per week. Students may also be expected to deepen their understanding of the course material through close examination/evaluation of the readings assigned in the course.

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