Saylor Foundation Harnesses Numerical Methods Resources

 Saylor Foundation (http:/saylor.org) is harnessing quality open courseware resources available around the world.   More than 90% of the resources for the Numerical Methods for Engineers course at the site http://www.saylor.org/courses/me205/ is composed of content from the http://numericalmethods.eng.usf.edu website.

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YouTube Videos on Numerical Methods Cross 1-Million Views Mark

In a short 2.5 years since starting the numericalmethodsguy YouTube channel in January 2009, this month the channel crossed the benchmark of receiving 1 million video views.  Currently the channel gets between 2,500-3,500 video views per day.  Although we have playlists on the channel, the playlist for all the available topics are given on single webpage at http://numericalmethods.eng.usf.edu/videos/index.html

Complete resources on each topic of available numerical methods including textbook chapters, videos, multiple-choice tests, PPTs, and worksheets are  given at http://numericalmethods.eng.usf.edu/topics/textbook_index.html
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Poems on Numerical Methods

In Summer 2009, I gave a HW assignment of writing a poem to my mostly right-brained students.  The results were great; I think they think they are poets and they know it.  The poems were all compiled and can be viewed at http://numericalmethods.eng.usf.edu/EML3041/homework/poems2009summer.html.

So happy reading and let me know what you think.  I selected 14 poems out of the 60 or so submitted and am polling the class to select the best three.  The top three poem writers will get prizes including a dollar to get the 89c Chicken Burritto at Taco Bell for “thinking outside the bun” or the biggie fries at Wendy’s for thinking “square rather than round”.

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A problem using central divided difference error order

This is a problem I asked in the first examination of my Numerical Methods course in Spring 2009.   The question is that if one gives you an approximate value of the derivative of a function at a certain point using the central divided difference formula for two different step sizes, would you be able to find a better estimate of the derivative?

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Audiovisual Lectures on Numerical Methods

We have started to put audiovisual lectures on the web for an undergraduate course in numerical methods. These videos are available at the youtube site http://www.youtube.com/numericalmethodsguy.

Some of the videos are longer than 10 minutes, so they could not be loaded to the youtube site. Right now, these videos and the links to the youtube videos are available at http://numericalmethods.eng.usf.edu/videos/index.html. We are editing the longer than 10-minute videos so that they can be uploaded to youtube.

The above webpage is a better webpage to find the videos of your choice as the videos are given in a sequential fashion for a particular topic.

By end of Spring 2009, we should have uploaded all the audiovisual lectures for a typical numerical methods course.

Drop me a comment on what you think about this new avenue to learn numerical methods.

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