TERM 033(Summer)


                         Instructor:   Dr. Samir Hasan Al-Amer

               Office     : 22-141         Phone 3749     

               E-mail :

                           Office hours   Sat, Mon, Tue 10:30-11:30 ,    Sun 10:30-12:30    or by appointment


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 Course Objectives: The course aims to introduce numerical methods that are critical for the solution of modern engineering problems. The course emphasizes algorithms development and applications to realistic engineering problems.


Catalog Description: Introduction to error analysis.  Roots of nonlinear equations. Solution of linear algebraic equations. Numerical differentiation and integration. Interpolation. Least squares and regression analysis. Numerical solution of ordinary and partial differential equations. Engineering case studies.

 Prerequisite: ICS 101 (or ICS 102) ,  MATH 201

 Textbook:  S.C. Chapra and R. P. Canale, "Numerical Methods for Engineers”. 4th Ed.    

 Course Outcomes: at the end of this course Student should be able to:

  1. Use Taylor Series to approximate functions and evaluate the approximations error.
  2. Understand and program algorithms to locate the roots of equations.
  3. Understand and program algorithms to solve linear system of equations.
  4. Learn how to smooth engineering collected data using least square method.
  5. Use polynomials to interpolate engineering collected data or approximate function
  6. Understand and program algorithms to evaluate the derivative or the integral of a given function and evaluate the approximation error.
  7. Understand and program algorithms to solve engineering Ordinary Differential Equations  (ODE) or Partial Differential Equations (PDE).
  8. Understand relationships among methods, algorithms and computer errors.
  9. Apply numerical and computer programming to solve common engineering problems.
  10. Apply versatile software tools in attacking numerical problems.


Attendance :


Homework:  Homework must be submitted on time. Late homework submissions if accepted are penalized. Absence is not an excuse for late submission. You can do the engineering case studies in MATLAB. If you want to used another programming language check with the instructor first. 




Attendance and Homework 15%
Quizzes 25 %
Major Exam 1 15 % Toipcs 1,2          July  11,2004 
Major Exam 2 20 %  Topics 3, 4 , 5   July  27,2004 
Final Exam 25 %   Topics 6,7,8




1.             Introductory material: Review of Taylors series (sec 4.1),                            3 Lecturers

                absolute and relative errors, Rounding and chopping, Computer

                errors in representing numbers (sec 3.1-3.4).  


2.             Locating roots of algebraic equations Bisection method (sec 5.2)              5 Lectures

                Newton method (sec 6.2), Secant method (sec 6.3)


3.                    Systems of linear equations:  naïve Gaussian elimination                             5 Lectures

(sec 9.2)  Gaussian elimination with scaled partial pivoting

and Tridiagonal systems


4.             The method of Least squares;  Smoothing of data and the                          3 Lectures

                method of least squares (sec 17.1-17.2), and Examples of

                the least squares principles (sec. 17.1.5).


 5.             Interpolation and numerical differentiation;  Polynomial                              5 Lectures

                interpolation (sec. 18.1-18.2), Errors in polynomial interpolation

                Estimating derivative and Richardson

                Extrapolation (sec. 23.1-23.2, appl. Chap24).


 6.             Numerical Integration:  Definite integral (sec. 21.1),                                          5 Lecturers

     Trapezoid rule (sec. 21.1.1), Romberg algorithm (sec 22.2).

      Gaussian Quadrature (sec 22.3 )


 7.             Ordinary differential equations:  Taylor's series method                               6  Lectures

                (sec 25.1), Runge-kutta methods (sec.25.3),  Methods

                for first order system (sec 25.41), higher-order Systems

                Predictor-corrector Boundary value problems:

A discretization method (sec. 27.1, 27.2.4).


 8.             Partial differential equations: Elliptic Equations (sec 29.1)                            3 Lectures

                and Parabolic Equations (sec 30.1-30.4).