CE 317 : Computer Methods in Civil Engineering

Course Syllabus

 

CIVIL ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT 

Computer Methods in Civil Engineering

CE 317 (2-3-3) 

Term:  Fall 2001-2002 (011)

 

 

Instructor:Dr. A.A. Khathlan, Room 16-138, Tel. 2683

e-mail :  (khathlan@kfupm.edu.sa)

 Office Hours:  Sat. & Mon. 10-11 & 12-1 , Sun. 1-2 pm (also available by appointment)

 Textbook: Numerical Methods for Engineers, Chapra & Canale, 3rd ed.

 Course Objectives:

 1)                 Familiarize students with the most popular numerical techniques for the solution of mathematical problems.

2)                 Provide students with practical CE applications of the numerical techniques that are taught  in the course.

 3)                 Familiarize students with the software Mathematica, which is a very powerful tool for the solution of a wide range of typical mathematical engineering problems.

 

Course Rationale:

 The mathematical tools of this course will be very useful for solving many of the CE problems that students will encounter in their courses, as well as after graduation.  In addition, the software package will be of tremendous help in getting quick solutions to complicated problems.

 

COURSE OUTLINE

 

Weeks #

Topic

Chapter # (Selected Sections)

    1

Introduction to Computing

  Ch. 1 - Mathematical Modeling & Engg.

                Problem - Solving

  Ch. 2 - Computers and Software

 

    2

 

Approximation & Errors

 

  Ch. 3 - Approximation and Round-Off

                Errors

  Ch. 4 - Truncation Errors and the Taylor

                Series

 

 3 & 4

 

Roots of Equations

& CE Applications

 

  Ch. 5 - Bracketing Methods

  Ch. 6 - Open Methods

 

5, 6 & 7

 

 

Linear Algebraic Equation

 

  Ch. 9   - Gauss Elimination

  Ch. 10 - LU Decomposition and Matrix

                  Inversion

  Ch. 11 - Special Matrices and Gauss-

                  Seidel

 

 8 & 9

 

 

Introduction to Optimization

& CE Applications

 

  Ch. 13 - One-dimensional Unconstrained

                  Optimization

 

10 & 11

 

 

Curve Fitting

 

  Ch. 17 - Least-Squares Regression

  Ch. 18 - Interpolation

 

12 & 13

 

 

Numerical Integration

& CE Applications

 

  Ch. 21 - Newton-Cotes Integration of

                  Equations

 

14 & 15

 

Ordinary Differential Equations

 

  Ch. 25 - Runge-Kutta Methods

 

 

  Course Grade Breakdown:

 

            Attendance & Class/Lab participation            :            10%

            Homework & Lab Assignments                 :            15%

            Quizzes                                                            :           5%

            Exam # 1                                                          :            20%

            Exam # 2                                                          :            20%

            Lab Final Test                                                         :           5%

            Course Final Exam                                           :            25%

 

 

    The University policy regarding excessive absences will be adhered to strictly, which may result in (DN) grade. For their own benefit, students are strongly encouraged to not miss any class or lab session.