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Derek Jensen

Derek Jensen

Hometown: Sandy, Ut

Undergraduate: Brigham Young University

Program: PhD (Graduated 2016)

Current Position: Applied scientist at Amazon, formerly staff scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

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Key Contributions: Designed, deployed, and analyzed key parts of the flux stations that were part of the MATERHORN field campaign. Co-designed and deployed towers for a wind energy project in Belize. Developed UTESPac, software to analyze high-frequency atmospheric turbulence surface-layer data.

Contact: (801) 259-7837

ME 2450 - Numerical Methods

Spring 2006

Class Information

Instructor: Eric Pardyjak
Lecture Time/Location: M,W 2:00 pm-2:50 pm EMCB 101
Office hours: 3pm - 4pm M W
Office: Room 160 KEN
Phone: 585-6414
Text: Numerical Methods for Engineers by S.C. Chapra and R.P. Canale, Fifth Edition, McGraw Hill 2006.

Class Syllabus


April 11, 2006: We will have QUIZ #4 on WebCT this coming Weds and Thursday (April 19 and 20) from noon on Weds to midnight on Thursday.

April 2, 2006: We will have a quiz on WebCT this Thursday and Friday on iterative solvers and curve fitting methods.

April 2, 2006: The due date for homework 7 has been delayed to April 3.

Feb 27, 2006: I've added my Muller's method code in the handout sections below for those who had difficulty programming it up.

Feb 15, 2006: Quiz number 2 will run from Tuesday 2/21 at noon through Thursday 2/23 at noon on WebCT. It will be a 15 minute quiz covering Roots of Equations.

Feb 8, 2006: Homework 4's due date has been changed to Feb 13. Also, the first quiz has been scheduled for Thursday and Friday Feb 9 and 10. You can take the quiz on webCT anytime between 10am Thursday and 5pm Friday.

Jan 29, 2006: I will be out of town this week. Dr. James Guilkey will be lecturing. He will be able to answer any questions you may have on this weeks homework. I will NOT have a quiz this week. We will discuss the first quiz when I return.

Jan 23, 2006: I will hold additinal Office Hours on Tuesday from 3-4pm


Homework #1 (Due 1/18/2006): 1.12, 1.13

Homework #2 (Due 1/25/2006): 3.2, 3.7, 3.9, 3.10 (code should be written for 3.2 & 3.9)

Homework #3 (Due 2/1/2006): 4.5, 4.6, 4.15 (no code is required for this week's homework)

Homework #4 (Due 2/13/2006): 5.2, 5.7 5.15 (code should be written to solve all three problems. This will essentially require you too write a bisection method solver and a false position method solver. Please hand in the following: your code and the solutions. If the question asks for you to graphically determine a root, be sure to include a plot)

Homework #5 (Due 2/22/2006): 6.3,7.4,7.17 (You will need to write a Newton Raphson solver code for 6.3 and a Mueller's method code for 7.4. No code is required for 7.17 although you may use the code you wrote from 7.4)

Homework #6 (Due 3/1/2006): 9.4, 9.8, 9.10 (please write code for problems 9.8 and 9.10)

Homework #7 (Due 4/3/2006): 10.2, 10.3, 11.7 (please write code for all three problems)

Homework #8 (Due 4/12/2006): 17.7, 17.12, 17.28 (please write codes for all problems)

Homework #9 (Due 4/19/2006): 21.6, 21.11, 22.4, 23.4 (No need to write code for these problems if you choose not to.)

Homework #10 (Due 4/26/2006): 25.18, 27.2, 27.3 (write code for all three please, use the Euler's method to solve 27.2, for problem 25.18 solve the ODE from problem 25.1 not 25.7, NOTE: 5 points of extra credit will be given if you do solve 25.7. If you are solving problem 25.1 please use a step size h=0.5. Also, for 27.2 if you use Runge-Kutta I will give you 5 extra credit points.)



Chapter 1-4 - Introductory Material

Chapter 5-8 - Roots of Equations

Chapter 9-12 - Linear Algebraic Equations

Chapter 17 - Curve Fitting

Chapter 21-23 - Numerical Integration and Differentiation

Chapter 25 and 27 - Ordinary differential Equations

  • Lecture 15: Introduction to ODEs and Runge-Kutta methods - Euler's method
  • Lecture 16: Introduction to Boundary Value Problems, the Shooting method, Finite Differences and PDEs

Miscellaneous Material that will help for the final exam

Grader Information

Prathap Ramamurthy
Bharat Thakkari