Math 426 – Introduction to Mathematical Software Packages: Matlab

Summer 2022 – Matthias K. Gobbert

Basic Information

  • Instructor: Matthias K. Gobbert, e-mail, office Hours by e-mail arrangement
  • Time and location of classes: Math 426 is a 2-credit four-week course, scheduled for Mondays and Wednesdays, 06:00–09:10 p.m., July 11 to August 03, 2022. See the detailed schedule below for the exact meeting dates.
  • This course is entirely online in Blackboard Collaborate, accessed via the Blackboard Ultra shell of this course. If you have any concerns about any of these items, such as concerns about adequate internet connection, about team work, or special needs related to learning styles, please reach out to me as soon as possible, so I can clarify questions and/or we can work out alternate appropriate approaches and metrics.
    Please note that all classes will be recorded and posted for private viewing.
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  • Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in Math 152, Math 221, CMSC 201, or instructor approval.
  • Recommended Textbook: Desmond J. Higham and Nicholas J. Higham, Matlab Guide, third edition, SIAM, 2017. Webpage of the book including list of errors
  • Grading rules: Your grade in this course will be based on your performance in the computational/programming assignments which you will be doing in this course. You will do eight assignments, from which the best seven will be counted. There may be extra credit opportunities. Late assignments are not accepted without permission.
    Letter grades for the course will be decided using the following:
    Score above 90% 80% 70% 60% otherwise
    Letter grade A B C D F
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Please note that the syllabus is subject to change by announcement.

Learning Goals

Upon completion of this class you should

  • be able to use Matlab’s extensive linear algebra capabilities,
  • be able to program in Matlab efficiently,
  • be aware of the flexible file I/O capabilities provided in Matlab,
  • know how to utilize the extensive 2D and 3D graphics capabilities in Matlab,
  • know how to use Matlab specific programming features such as logical subscripting and vectorization,
  • be aware of the great number of built-in numerical methods in Matlab,
  • be able to produce presentable Matlab output.

List of the Topics Covered

This course uses a flipped classroom format. The content delivery is by recorded lectures. The synchronous class meetings will be for working on the assignments in study groups assigned by the instructor, with the opportunity to ask the instructor for help.

Class Day Date Main Topic(s) Chapter(s)
1 Mon 07/11/22 A Tutorial Introduction to Matlab 1, 2, 3
2 Wed 07/13/22 Matrix Algebra in Matlab 4, 5
3 Mon 07/18/22 An Introduction to Matlab Programming 6, 7
4 Wed 07/20/22 Matlab Programming: Input and Output 13
5 Mon 07/25/22 Intermediate Matlab Programming 10
6 Wed 07/27/22 3D Graphics in Matlab 8, 17
7 Mon 08/01/22 Effective Programming and Data Types in Matlab 14, 16, 18, 23, 24
8 Wed 08/03/22 Numerical Methods in Matlab 11, 12

Note on Recordings and Their Publication

This class is being audio-visually recorded so students who cannot attend a particular session and wish to review material can access the full content. This recording will include students’ images, profile images, and spoken words, if their camera is engaged and their microphone is live. Students who do not consent to have their profile or video image recorded should keep their camera off and not use a profile image. Likewise, students who do not consent to have their voice recorded should keep their mute button activated and participate exclusively through alternative formats such as email or the chat feature (where available).

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