A MOOC on Numerical Methods Released

After the rigorous and comprehensive development and assessment of the NSF funded innovative open courseware on Numerical Methods since 2002, we are offering a FREE Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) in Numerical Methods – Part 1 of 2 at https://www.canvas.net/browse/usflorida/courses/numerical-methods

The MOOC is Part 1 of a two-part course in Numerical Methods.  The course covers the mathematical procedures of differentiation, nonlinear equations and simultaneous linear equations.  We had the MOOC on Udemy but we are migrating it to CANVAS in two stages. CANVAS has a broader appeal for free MOOCs, it has a user friendly interface, looks familiar for many students using CANVAS, and has the capability of online quizzes that are algorithmic.

Start your journey today whether you are learning numerical methods for the first time or just need a refresher.  Unlike other MOOCs, you have a lifetime access to the course and you can pace yourself. Ask questions within the course and we will keep the conversation going!

About: Numerical methods are techniques to approximate mathematical procedures (an example of a mathematical procedure is an integral).  Approximations are needed because we either cannot solve the procedure analytically (an example is the standard normal cumulative  distribution function) or because the analytical method is intractable (an example is solving a set of a thousand simultaneous linear equations for a thousand unknowns).

Materials Included: Textbook Chapters, Video Lectures, Quizzes, Solutions to Quizzes

How Long to Complete: About 20 hours of lectures need to be watched and estimated  time to read the textbook and do quizzes is 40 hours.  It is a typical 7-week semester length course.

Course Structure: For each section, you have video lectures, which are followed by a textbook chapter, a quiz and its complete solution, and automatically graded online quizzes.

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Author: Autar Kaw

Autar Kaw (http://autarkaw.com) is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of South Florida. He has been at USF since 1987, the same year in which he received his Ph. D. in Engineering Mechanics from Clemson University. He is a recipient of the 2012 U.S. Professor of the Year Award. With major funding from NSF, he is the principal and managing contributor in developing the multiple award-winning online open courseware for an undergraduate course in Numerical Methods. The OpenCourseWare (nm.MathForCollege.com) annually receives 1,000,000+ page views, 1,000,000+ views of the YouTube audiovisual lectures, and 150,000+ page views at the NumericalMethodsGuy blog. His current research interests include engineering education research methods, adaptive learning, open courseware, massive open online courses, flipped classrooms, and learning strategies. He has written four textbooks and 80 refereed technical papers, and his opinion editorials have appeared in the St. Petersburg Times and Tampa Tribune.