|What it is|
During the Spring '95 semester, I taught a course in Numerical Methods. Inspired by Pete Stewart's Numerical Analysis Afternotes, I decided to write up my notes (also after the fact). One main difference between the Afternotes and my notes is that mine are in the form of slides (about 200 of them, in LaTeX), and I teach from them in class.
An additional difference is that I teach engineers, and therefore the course is not theorem-oriented. (It is also only a two-credit course.) On the other hand, the emphasis is on understanding the underlying concepts, rather than just the mechanics of problem solving.
The notes follow very closely the text I use: Numerical Mathematics and Computing, third edition, by Ward Cheney & David Kincaid, copyright 1994, Brooks/Cole Publishing Company. The slides are for Chapters 1-8 and 10, excluding sections 1.1, 2.2, 5.3, 6.2, 7.3, 7.4, 8.3 and 10.3 (plus other subsections here and there).
Please see the suggested text(s), regarding the material on which this course is based — highly recommended, not that my approbation is needed.
On the other hand, it has been argued that sitting in front of a set of slides, and not being interactively involved in the development of the lecture (if only by writing out the notes), the material just does not penetrate.
Therefore, as per a suggestion from my friend Steven Prawer of the University of Melbourne Physics Department, I plan on developing a set of slides which have "holes" in them–boxes with information not filled in. With this compromise I hope to have the best of both approaches, saving time, but also involving the students in the give and take of the development.
The PDF slides are for letter size paper. Use your PDF viewer for possible adjustments to A4 paper, and/or for printing 2 or 4 pages per side.
I am very interested in your comments, criticisms, jokes (did anyone read that? :-) ), ideas, bug reports, etc. Please forward such input to me. In addition, if interested, drop me a line and I will notify you of changes and updates.
Happy computing and teaching!