Math 2030 Spring Semester 2018
Iterative Methods for Linear and Nonlinear Systems
524 Thackeray Hall
MWF 2:00 - 3:00, and by appointment
Office: Thackeray 606
Phone: (412) 624 5681
Content: The course is intended to present aspects of the numerical solution of three basic problems
of linear algebra: the solution of linear systems of equations, linear least squares problems, and
algebraic eigenvalue problems.
We shall develop algorithms for these problems and study their properties with respect to finite precision arithmetics.
Topics to be covered: Conditioning and stability of numerical algorithms, Linear least squares problems,
Direct and iterative methods for linear systems, Eigenvalue problems.
Computer assignments will use Matlab, software produced
by The MathWorks. The Matlab language provides extensive library of
scientific function calls entirely built-in.
is available on Unix and Windows in the university computing labs.
The full set of manuals is on the web in
and also in
Adobe PDF format. The "Getting Started" manual is a good
place to begin and is available both in html
format and in Adobe
PDF format. The full reference manual as well as manuals for each
of the many toolboxes are all available.
Iterative methods for linear and nonlinear equations,
C.T. Kelly, SIAM.
Numerical Linear Algebra, by Lloyd Trefethen and David Bau, SIAM.
Iterative Solution Methods, by Owe Axelsson, Cambridge.
Disability Resource Services
If you have a disability for which you are or may be requesting an
accommodation, you are encouraged to contact both your instructor and
Disability Resources and Services, 140 William Pitt Union,
412-648-7890 or 412-383-7355 (TTY) as early as possible in the term. DRS will verify your disability and determine reasonable accommodations for this course.
Cheating/plagiarism will not be tolerated.
Students suspected of violating the University of Pittsburgh Policy on
Academic Integrity will incur a minimum sanction of a zero score for the quiz,
exam or paper in question. Additional sanctions may be imposed,
depending on the severity of the infraction.
On homework, you may work with other students or use library resources,
but each student must write up his or her solutions independently.
Copying solutions from other students will be considered cheating, and handled
Statement on Classroom Recording
To address the issue of students recording a lecture or class session, the University’s
Senate Educational Policy Committee issued the recommended statement on May 4, 2010.
“To ensure the free and open discussion of ideas, students may not record classroom lectures, discussion and/or activities without the advance written permission of the instructor, and any such recording properly approved in advance can be used solely for the student’s own private use.”