### MATH 4503/6503 general information

The principal goal of this course is to give students “hands-on” experience in solving ordinary and partial differential equations (ODEs and PDEs) using finite difference methods. We will also discuss finite element methods (time permitting). The emphasis will be on

*practical*scientific computing; i.e., the construction of numerical algorithms to deal with actual problems in the physical, biological or engineering sciences using software such as Maple.

**Lectures:**Winter 2014 (times and locations to be decided)**Textbook:***Finite difference methods for ordinary and partial differential equations*by Randall J. LeVeque (recommended but not necessary)**Poster:**pdf file

*A 2D finite element simulation of a vibrating drum with a hole cut out*