|Friendly Introduction to Numerical Analysis, A||
Friendly Introduction to Numerical Analysis, A
For one or two-semester undergraduate/graduate-level courses in Numerical Analysis/Methods in mathematics departments, CS departments, and all engineering departments.
This student-friendly text develops concepts and techniques in a clear, concise, easy-to-read manner, followed by fully-worked examples. Application problems drawn from the literature of many different fields prepares students to use the techniques covered to solve a wide variety of practical problems.
Non-Dirichlet boundary conditions.
The handling of artificial singularities for one-dimensional boundary value problems.
The multigrid method and irregular domains for elliptic partial differential equations.
Source and decay terms, polar coordinates and problems in two space dimensions for parabolic partial differential equations.
One-dimensional hyperbolic partial differential equations.
Numerical dispersion and diffusion and the convection-diffusion equation.
Prepares students for the practical application of numerical methods; offers instructors flexibility in coverage—they can touch as lightly or as in depth as desired and design courses around students' interests.
Helps students grasp the sequence of calculations associated with a particular method and gain better insight into algorithm operation.
Shows students how numerical methods can be applied within the context of real-world problems, and motivates their study of the various numerical techniques. Gives instructors the opportunity to discuss practical implementation issues.
Helps students find parallels and better comprehend the topics.
Places the material into perspective for students and motivates the reader with the broad applicability of numerical methods to real-world problems.
Provides students with the opportunity to practice (with paper, pencil and calculator) the sequence of calculations associated with a particular method.
Gives students extensive practice in using numerical methods.
Gives instructors a reference guide.
Requires students to program the techniques themselves.
(NOTE: Each chapter begins with An Overview.)
1. Getting Started.
Answers to Selected Problems.
"I am extremely impressed with Bradie's book. His passion for explaining things as clearly and understandably as possible, his thorough research of the literature for bringing relevant and pedagogically sound examples from outside mathematics, and his crisp and clear style will certainly make this text an instant success. This is one of the better texts in Numerical Analysis that I have ever seen, and I congratulate the author for producing such a gem." - Alejandro Engel, Rochester Institute of Technology
"The chapters in this book are of uniformly high standards. Chapter 1 in particular is a gem. The treatments of floating point number systems and of floating point arithmetic are especially good. These are topics that are often glossed over in other books, and which are often difficult for students to grasp. The book is extremely well written: the style is clear, the prose flows smoothly, the pace is unhurried, the tone is friendly and conversational, the examples and exercises are interesting and-relevant, and the amount of detail is far greater than in any textbook of its kind that I have ever seen. For these reasons, it will certainly appeal to my students." - Richard Zalik, Auburn University
"I think the tone will appeal to my students: It is relaxed and friendly without being wordy and effusive. The style is a very readable compromise between proof and technical detail on the one hand, and concepts with applications on the other. I think he addresses this fundamental challenge in a way that my students would like. Bradie has decided to include lots of worked examples accompanied by plots. The plots facilitate the inclusion of such a large number of examples, by succinctly communicating the point of each. This reduces the effort needed to understand the ideas behind the example, (I think students simply will not read the book if it takes too much effort. Bradie can include more exercises than is typical because the illustrations ease the communication.)" - Mark Arnold, University of Arkansas
"I like the way Bradie presents the materials in each chapter. He gives a mathematics review on what is needed at the beginning of each chapter. After refreshing students' memories, he begins with the simplest, most basic methods and then progresses gradually to more advanced topics. The book is well written and student-friendly. It provides a lot of examples and exercise problems. The book is written in the way that is easy for students to read. For instance, for each method, there is at least one fully worked example that helps students to understand the concept and the method." - Kuiyuan Li, University of West Florida