AMath 585: Numerical Analysis of Boundary Value Problems
SLN 10254, MWF 3:00-3:50, Loew Hall 206

Professor Loyce M. Adams
Office: Guggenheim 415K
Tel: 543-5077
Fax: 685-1440
Email: lma3 AT uw DOT edu
Office hours: MWF 4:00-5:00 or by appt.
Teaching Assistant: Joy Zhou
Office: Gugg 406
Email: yzhou AT amath DOT washington DOT edu
Office hours: Tu 9-10am, Th 1:30-2:30

Homework Grades Other Resources 2012 Web Page

Catalyst Page EDGE Video Page Course description Textbook Syllabus Objectives Schedule

Catalyst WEB Page for AMATH585

Your homework will be submitted via the Homework Dropbox on the class Catalyst Page. Your written homework should be typed via Latex or some typesetting program that can be converted to .pdf format. Computer programs done in Matlab may graded by running them to check the output is correct. They will also be checked for good programming and numerical analysis practices. An analysis of the code's results as requested in the assignment will be submitted via the .pdf file to the Homework Dropbox. A goal of this course is for you to learn to analyze your computer results. You should be able to access the Catalyst site with your UW netid.

Click here for Homework Dropbox, Discussion Boards, and Catalyst WEB page


The course is recorded by EDGE. You may watch the lectures by going to the link below:

Click here for EDGE Streaming Video of Lectures

Course Description

Numerical methods for steady-state differential equations. Two-point boundary value problems and elliptic equations. Iterative methods for sparse linear systems: conjugate-gradients, preconditioners, and multigrid. (This course is offered every Winter quarter. This quarter it is an EDGE course.)


Syllabus (and tentative schedule)

Learning Objectives and Instructor Expectations

The course will be a combination of computation and theoretical analysis. The goal is to obtain an understanding of numerical methods and their implementation, as well as learning mathematical techniques for analyzing the stability and accuracy of these methods.

There will be homework assignments roughly bi-weekly that will involve MATLAB programming and written exercises. You may consult with your classmates about how to do the homework, but you should write your own code and express the answers to the written questions in your own words. Any sources you use should be referenced.

Schedule and Homework

Follow links in the table below to obtain a copy of the homework in Latex (.tex) and Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format. You may also obtain here solutions to some of the homework and exam problems.

Homework and Exams Homework Due Date Homework Problem Sets Homework Solutions
Homework 1, See Catalyst Page
Homework 2, See Catalyst Page
Homework 3
Homework 4
Homework 5
Final Project
Final-Work Alone


Homework: 70%, final project: 20%, work-alone final: 10%. There will 5 homework assignments.

Other resources

Department of Applied Mathematics, University of Washington, Guggenheim Hall #414, Box 352420, Seattle, WA 98195-2420 USA
Email 'info' (at Phone 206-543-5493 Fax 206-685-1440