Scientific Computing 
SCI COMP 
CLASS CODE: 
MATH 412 
CREDITS:
3

DIVISION: 
PHYSICAL SCIENCE & ENGINEERING 
DEPARTMENT: 
MATHEMATICS 
GENERAL EDUCATION: 
This course does not fulfill a General Education requirement. 

CATALOG DESCRIPTION: 
Methods of solving complex problems using numerical analysis and computer simulation. A variety of computing tools will be employed to study significant problems of current interest. Topics may include graph theory, cryptography, random number generation, queuing theory, discrete optimization, parameter fitting, finite element analysis, numerical PDE methods, etc. (Fall even years) 
DESCRIPTION: 
This course is intended to prepare applied math majors and majors from math intensive fields to apply computer modeling and solution techniques to significant realworld problems. The course will discuss a variety of computing tools and their proper application. Computer simulation methods will be discussed. Students will be required to create their own solutions or simulations using both commercial and individually developed computing tools. 
TOPICS: 
Random number generation, simulation design, parameter fitting, graph theory, queuing theory, cryptograpy, discrete optimization, finite element analysis, numerical PDE methods. 
OBJECTIVES: 
Students will become acquainted with a variety of tools for using the computer to solve problems in science, engineering, business, and other fields. They will gain experience with using these tools and discuss proper and improper uses of the tools. Students will understand how to use computer simulation to investigate complex realworld problems. 
REQUIREMENTS: 
There will be several projects of varying degrees of complexity drawn from a variety of computationally intensive subject areas. Students will work individually and collaboratively on projects. They will write up the results of their work in lab report or research paper formats and give oral presentations of their work to the class and in department seminars. 
PREREQUISITES: 
Math 411 and either Math 214 or Math 316 
OTHER: 

EFFECTIVE DATE: 
August 2003 