Course Details
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This class is BYOL. Bring a laptop computer to class with you every day,
unless there is a test. I have a small number of computers available for students who
are unable to do so. We will do programming every class period.
In particular we will be using IPython, primarily with the SciPy, NumPy and MatPlotLib packages.
The best way to install these is to use Anaconda
for Python 2.7. This is available for Windows, Mac and Linux.
Overview
Students study problems arising from the physical, biological, and/or social sciences
and the algorithms and theory used to solve them computationally. Included among
the problems are numerical methods for maximizing a function and solving a differential
equation. Prerequisite: MATH 130 and CSCI 150.
Learning Objectives
By the end of this course, among other things you should be able to:
 visualize data from a wide variety of sources,
 analyze data using exploratory data analysis and clustering techniques
 understand the basic tools for curvefitting and interpolation,
 approximate the roots of a continuous function by several techniques and
understand the strengths and limitations of these techniques,
 understand the important issues of numerical computations with matrices
(systems of linear equations and inequalities) and detect when serious
issues will arise when computing with them,
 understand and perform basic techniques in signal processing,
 build and solve system dynamics problems, and
 construct a MonteCarlo simulation model.
Disabilities
It is the policy of Hendrix College to accommodate students with disabilities, pursuant
to federal and state law. Students should contact Julie Brown in the Office of Academic
Success (505.2954; brownj@hendrix.edu) to begin the accommodation process. Any student
seeking accommodation in relation to a recognized disability should inform the instructor
at the beginning of the course.
Academic Honor
As stated in the
Hendrix Academic
Integrity Policy, all students have agreed to adhere to the following principles:
 All students have an equal right to their opinions and to receive constructive criticism.
 Students should positively engage the course material and encourage their classmates to do the same.
 No students should gain an unfair advantage or violate their peers' commitment to honest work and genuine effort. It follows that any work that a student submits for class will be that student's own work. The amount of cooperation undertaken with other students, the consistency and accuracy of work, and the testtaking procedure should adhere to those guidelines that the instructor provides.
 Members of the Hendrix community value and uphold academic integrity because we recognize that scholarly pursuits are aimed at increasing the shared body of knowledge and that the full disclosure of sources is the most effective way to ensure accountability to both ourselves and our colleagues.
I will provide guidelines for the amount of cooperation allowed on each assignment as
they are posted.
Extensions
Extensions and rescheduling for labs, projects, exams and quizzes are only given when
circumstances beyond your control (e.g. being sick, academic, choir or sports travel, etc)
prevent you from completing a project on time. You must notify me either by
email or phone of your circumstances well in advance of the due date.
No extensions are given for requests made within three days of the due date.
Quizzes and Participation
You should attend class and participate in discussions every day,
answering questions, asking questions,
presenting material, etc.
Also, sporadically throughout the semester, there will be short quizzes covering
material from the previous class.
Active participation will
comprise 5% of your final grade.
We will be using textbook and additional supplemental material such as
relevant webpages and background material for the course.
Readings will be assigned before material will be covered in class. You are expected
to review the material and come to class prepared. As readings are assigned,
they will be posted here.
Scratch Pad
Labs
Much of your experience with modeling in this course will be through semiweekly labs,
which will comprise 40% of your final grade. All labs are weighted individually within the Lab
portion of your final grade.
Final Project
You will be working on a summative
final project for the course, applying at least
two approaches learned in class to a realworld modeling problem. This will comprise 25%
of your final grade.
Exams
There will be 2 exams, each worth 15% of your final grade.
 Exam 1: Oct 10
 Exam 2: Nov 19
Grading
Your final grade for this course will be based on the Labs, Projects, Quizzes, Exams and
Participation described above.
Grading Scale 
90100  A 
8089  B 
7079  C 
6069  D 
059  F 

Weights 
Labs  40% 
Final Project  25% 
Participation  5% 
Exam 1  15% 
Exam 2  15% 

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