Professor Loyce M. Adams
Office: Lewis 306
Email: lma3 AT uw DOT edu
Office hours: MWF 4:00-5:00 or by appt.
Teaching Assistant: Yian Ma
Office: Lewis 129
Email: yianma at uw dot edu
Office hours: Tuesday 12-2
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Catalyst WEB Page for AMATH585Your 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.
Registered students click here for Homework Dropbox, Discussion Boards, and Catalyst WEB page
EDGE Streaming Video WEB Page for AMATH585The 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 DescriptionNumerical 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.)
- Finite Difference Methods for Ordinary and
Partial Differential Equations
by R.J. LeVeque. (SIAM, 2007)
We will use Chapters 1-4 and the Appendices.
It is available through the University Libraries as an Ebook. On campus students Click here.
Off-campus students Click here.
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Some copies will be available in the bookstore, but note that members of SIAM receive a 30% discount if you buy it online, and all UW students are eligible for free membership in SIAM, see
- Some references on iterative methods:
Syllabus (and tentative schedule)
- Chapter 1. Finite difference approximations (2 lectures)
- Chapter 2. Two-point boundary value problems for ODEs (3 weeks)
- Character of solution; boundary conditions.
- Finite difference method for linear problem u'' = f, BCs at x = 0,1.
- Accuracy, convergence, stability.
- Finite difference methods for nonlinear problems
- Boundary layers and nonuniform grids
- Chapter 3. Elliptic Equations (3 weeks)
- Laplace/Poisson equation - some physical examples
- Finite difference method; solution via Gaussian elimination.
- Fast Poisson solvers using FFT.
- Chapter 4. Iterative Methods for Sparse Linear Systems (2 weeks)
- Jacobi, Gauss-Seidel, SOR
- Conjugate gradient and preconditioning
- Methods for nonsymmetric systems
- Multigrid methods
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 HomeworkThe homework will be assigned on the Catalyst Web site.
GradingHomework: 70%, final project: 20%, work-alone final: 10%. There will 5 homework assignments.