Introduction to Numerical Methods
I. Course Prefix/Number: CSC 170
Course Name: Introduction to Numerical Methods
Credits: 2 (1 lecture; 1 lab)
III. Course (Catalog) Description
IV. Learning Objectives
B. Apply the tools of problem analysis and algorithmic development to problems from the natural sciences and engineering.
C. Solve numerically intensive problems using a computer algebra system.
D. Analyze numerically derived methods for truncation errors and algorithmic stability.
E. Survey elementary numerical algorithms.
V. Academic Integrity and Student Conduct
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.
There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.
Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at
VI. Sequence of Topics
1. Electronic mail
2. Remote machine access
B. Computer Algebra System (Mathematica)
2. Symbolic manipulation
3. Elementary programming
C. Numerical Methods
1. Root Searching
a. Euler/Runge Kutta
a. Least Squares
VII. Methods of Instruction
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.
VIII. Course Practices Required
IX. Instructional Materials
Within the Schedule of Classes, textbooks can be found by clicking on an individual course section and looking for the words "View Book Information".
X. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
XI. Other Course Information
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