Introduction to Numerical Methods for Differential Equations

Instructor: Mark H. Holmes
Office: Amos Eaton 322
Office Hours: M 12-1:00, W 10:30-11:30
Phone: 276-6891
Email: holmes (

Couse Information

Class Syllabus

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Exam 2: May 2


HW 1 due Feb 7 Interpolation Error Solutions
HW 2 due Feb 17 Solutions
HW 3 due March 3 Solutions
HW 4 due April 4 Solutions
HW 5 due April 11 (HW updated 4/4/05) Solutions
HW 6 due April 25 Solutions

Course Notes

Class Demos


A Practical Introduction to Matlab by Mark S. Gockenbach (33 pages)

MATLAB Primer (49 pages)

Edward Neuman's MATLAB Tutorials:

Tutorial 1: Getting Started with MATLAB (9 pages)
Tutorial 2: Programming in MATLAB (46 pages)
Tutorial 3: Using MATLAB in Linear Algebra (37 pages)
Tutorial 4: Numerical Linear Algebra (44 pages)
Tutorial 5: Numerical Analysis with MATLAB (46 pages)

MATLAB Manuals for Version 6:

Getting Started with MATLAB (138 pages)
Using MATLAB (1188 pages)
Using MATLAB Graphics (602 pages)

References for Numerical Differential Equations

A Survey of Some Methods in Numerical DEs by D. S. Gillian (32 pages)

Solving BVPs for ODEs in MATLAB with bvp4c by L. F. Shampine, J. Kierzenka, and M. W. Reichelt (27 pages)

Finite Difference and Spectral Methods for Ordinary and Partial Differential Equations by Lloyd N. Trefethen

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