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HONR 219L

"Counting Faster:
Science and the Computer Revolution”

Two versions of the lectures are available: an “on-line” version (linked to the “O” column), and a “print” version (linked to the “P” column). The main difference is that the print version contains 6 slides per page to facilitate printing Both versions are in PDF format and can be viewed with Adobe Acrobat Reader (can be downloaded for free). To view the lecture simply click on the link. To download the lecture, you need to right-click on the link and choose “SAVE LINK AS” then select the appropriate folder.

The readings are provided for guidance only. Neither book is required. Bennett is quite useful. Pert is more mathematical and rigorous – I recommend it only if you have a strong mathematical background. Further reading material will be introduced as the semester progresses.

O

P

Date

Topic

Handouts

Due

Read Bennett

Read Pert

1

M

1/29

Introduction & Historical Background

Syllabus

 

Chap. 1

 

2

W

1/31

How Computers Work

 

 

Chap2: 2.1-2.5

Sec. 1.1 - 1.2

3

M

2/5

Mathematical Modeling: Digitization, Integration, Errors, & Convergence

 

 

Sec. 2.6

Sec. 1.6

4

W

2/7

Project 1

 

Sec. 5.8-5.9

Sec. 1.3

5

M

2/12

Process: Testing

 

 

Sec. 6.1

Sec. 2.1-2.2

6

W

2/14

Finite Difference and Fourier Transforms:, Heat, Potential, & Wave Equations

 

 

Sec. 9.1-9.2, 9.4

 

7

M

2/19

 

 

Sec. 9.5

skim 2.9-2.13

8

W

2/21

Process:   Exploitation

 

 

Sec. 5.3-5.5

 

9

M

2/26

Project Discussion; Matrices

 

Project 1

 

Appendix 1

10

W

2/28

Methods: Random Number Generation

Paper 1

 

Sec. 3.3.2

Sec. 4.2-4.3

11

M

3/5

Methods: Monte Carlo and Statistics

 

 

 

Sec. 4.1, 4.4-4.7

12

W

3/7

Discrete-Time Simulations

 

Sec. 3.1-3.3.1

 

13

M

3/12

Speaker: Michael Fu, Business Models

 

 

 

 

14

W

3/14

Image Processing

Project 2

Paper 1

 

 

S  P  R  I  N  G     
B  R  E  A  K

15

M

3/26

Particle Simulations

 

 

Sec. 3.1-3.4

16

W

3/28

Application to Beams & Plasmas

 

 

 

Sec. 3.6-3.7

17

M

4/2

Project Discussion

Paper 2

 

 

Sec. 3.8

18

W

4/4

Advanced Beam Simulation Techniques

 

Project 2

 

 

19

M

4/9

Introduction to Chaos

 

 

 

20

W

4/11

Chaos and Applications

 

 

 

 

21

M

4/16

Fractals

 

 

 

22

W

4/18

Speaker: Dennis Papadopoulos, Astronomy

 

 

 

 

23

M

4/23

Computational Biosciences

Final Project

Paper 2

 

 

24

W

4/25

Engineering CAD

 

 

 

 

25

M

4/30

Speaker: Eugenia Kalnay, Meteorology

 

 

 

 

26

W

5/2

Speaker: Dave Thirumalai, Protein Folding

 

 

Chap. 12

 

27

M

5/7

Virtual Reality; Simulators & Gaming

 

 

 

 

28

W

5/9

Parallel Processing; Artificial Intelligence

 

 

 

 

29

M

5/14

Review and Project Presentations

 

Final Project

 

 

HONR 219 L / Rami A. Kishek / ramiak@ebte.umd.edu / 03/07/01