MATH 365: Introduction to Computational Mathematics
Boise State University, Fall 2017

Instructor: Stephen Brill
Office: MB (Mathematics Building) 218-A
Phone: (208) 426-3122
Fax: (208) 426-1356

Class meetings:
1330 to 1445, Monday and Wednesday in room MB 136.

Numerical Computing with MATLAB by Moler. This book is available as a free download.

Here is the schedule for the MB 136 computer lab. And here is a link to get Matlab for free.

Office hours:
Monday and Wednesday: 1200 to 1315. Other times by appointment.

Academic honesty and appropriate behavior:
All students are expected to be familiar with and adhere to the policies and standards given in the BSU Student Code of Conduct.

Cell phones, paging devices, etc.:
In the past, I enforced a very punitive policy if electronic devices made a noise and thus disrupted the class. I initiated this policy to combat an epidemic of such disruptions. However, this semester I am merely asking you to ensure that all of your electronic devices are on a silent mode once class begins. If my request is not honored, I will not hesitate to reintroduce my former policy, which admittedly is draconian.

Late work and/or extensions:
If you seek an extension on an assignment and the request occurs after the due date or time, your request will be summarily denied (except in the most extraordinary circumstances). Such requests that occur before the due date and time will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Contesting grades:
If you think I have graded you unfairly on a particular assignment, you must bring this to my attention within a week from the time that the assignment was returned to the class. After a week I will not consider any requests to review and possibly change my grading.

Grading policy:
Your grade will be determined by your performance on homework exercises which will occur regularly. You must work on the homework assignments in groups of two or three. Your lowest homework score will be "dropped". Your grade will be computed via the following algorithm. Let x be the number of points accumulated throughout the semester (between 0 and 100):
A+: x > 97
A: 93 < x < 97
A-: 90 < x < 93
B+: 87 < x < 90
B: 83 < x < 87
B-: 80 < x < 83
C+: 77 < x < 80
C: 73 < x < 77
C-: 70 < x < 73
D: 60 < x < 70
F: x < 60

This page was most recently updated on 24 August 2017.