Numerical Methods

Spring 2014

Instr: Dr. Roger Griffiths
Office: Old Main 305
Phone:   824-2123
Text: Matlab, Third Edition: A Practical Introduction to Programming and Problem Solving ,  by Stormy Attaway
(And) LaTeX Beginner's Guide (E-book);   you can wait until we start class.

Notes (Spring 2017):

Main LaTeX Links

My current Schedule

Software - Open Source

    (Free Software generally under the terms of the Free Software Foundation's GNU General Public License)
  • What is Linux - An introduction to Linux from
  • LibreOffice Logo - LibreOffice is the free power-packed Open Source personal productivity suite for Windows, Macintosh and Linux, that gives you six feature-rich applications for all your document production and data processing needs: Writer, Calc, Impress, Draw, Math and Base. Compatible with all other major office suites, the product is free to download, use, and distribute (and much better than that expensive virus you are probably currently using).
  • GIMP - Free - GIMP is an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed program for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring.
  • The R Project for Statistical Computing - R is a free software environment for statistical computing and graphics.
  • XPPAUT a tool for numerically solving differential, difference, or delay equations
  • Maxima - a sophisticated computer algebra system
  • Octave is a high-level language, primarily intended for numerical computations (similar to Matlab).
  • Iode - free, but you will need Octave (see link below) or Matlab to use (phase plane utility).
  • SAGE: Open Source Mathematics Software - Creating a viable free open source alternative to Magma, Maple, Mathematica, and Matlab


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