COS 323 - Computing for the Physical and Social Sciences

Fall 2013

Course home Outline and lecture notes Assignments

  • Dec 10 - Today's class session will be a review for the second exam.
    Please come prepared with questions.

  • Dec 5 - Exam 2 study guide is available from the course outline.
    The exam will be held in class next Thursday, Dec 12.

  • Nov 29 - Assignment 4 due Dec 13 has been posted.

Meeting time/place

TTh 3:00-4:20, Computer Science room 104 (large auditorium).

Course Description

This course will study principles of scientific computation, driven by current applications in biology, physics, economics, engineering, etc. Topics include: simulation, integration of differential equations, iterative optimization algorithms, stability and accuracy issues. Students will pursue projects in a variety of fields, writing their own computer programs and also using higher-level tools such as Matlab.

Prerequisites: The course is appropriate for students who have taken COS126 or the equivalent, as well as MAT 104 or the equivalent. There will be some programming in Java, and we will also be using Matlab for some of the assignments (though no prior Matlab knowledge is assumed).


A First Course in Numerical Methods
Uri M. Ascher and Chen Greif
ISBN-10: 0898719976 | ISBN-13: 978-0898719970


We will be using piazza for discussions. Please ask your questions there first, if possible.

Course Personnel

Szymon Rusinkiewicz
Office: CS 406
Phone: 8-7479
Email: smr
Office hours: T 4:30-5:30, Th 2-3
Sandra Batista
Office: CS 215
Phone: 8-6943
Email: sbatista
Office hours: M 11-12, W 2-3
Vicky Yao
Office: CS 103B
Phone: 8-0944
Email: vyao
Office hours: F 11-12

Last update 10-Dec-2013 13:17:13
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