Full course description

Course Date:

Starts Apr 4, 2016




5 hrs/week


Calculus, Algebra

Course Type:





This course is the first in a two-part series that introduces numerical methods. Numerical methods are techniques to approximate mathematical procedures (e.g., integrals). Approximations are needed because we either cannot solve the procedure analytically (e.g., the standard normal cumulative distribution function) or because the analytical method is intractable (e.g., solving a set of a thousand simultaneous linear equations for a thousand unknowns).


By end of this course, participants will be able to apply the numerical methods for the following mathematical procedures and topics: differentiation, nonlinear equations, and simultaneous linear equations. Additionally, they will be able to calculate errors and implement their relationship to the accuracy of the numerical solutions.

Course Instructors

Autar Kaw

Autar Kaw


Autar Kaw is a professor of mechanical engineering at the University of South Florida. He is a recipient of the 2012 U.S. Professor of the Year Award. He received his Ph.D. in 1987 in Engineering Mechanics from Clemson University, the same year he joined the University of South Florida. Professor Kaw's main scholarly interests are in engineering education research and open courseware development.