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MA307A: Numerical Analysis (Fall 2018)

Calendar Description

Numerical solution of equations and systems of equations; numerical integration; methods of interpolation, extrapolation and curve-fitting, error analysis. Methods will be illustrated by exercises requiring the use of a computer.


MA122, MA104, MA201, MA205 and CP104.


CP315, MA371, PC315.


Professor Y. George Lai (PhD)
Office location: LH3037 (Lazaridis Hall)
E: ylai@wlu.ca
Office Hours: Tuesday 2 p.m. - 4 p.m., or by appointment.


Tuesday and Thursday 10 a.m. - 11:20 a.m. in BA209 (Bricker Academic Building)

Lab Coordinator

Trevor Saunderson
E: tsaunderson@wlu.ca
Office: LH3048 (Lazaridis Hall)
Telephone: x3012


Numerical Methods Using Matlab, 4th Edition, John Mathews and Kurtis Fink, Pearson Prentice Hall, 2004.


Students may only use the approved scientific calculator, Casio FX-300MS Plus, on lab assignments, the midterm test and the final examination. No other calculator is allowed. It is available for purchase at the campus bookstore.


Materials related to this course and the full course outline will be posted on the MA307 MyLearningSpace website. You are responsible for checking here on a regular basis for important announcements.


A final mark out of 100 will be calculated as follows:

  • Laboratories: 20%
  • Midterm Exam (Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018, during class time, held in the Theatre Auditorium): 30%
  • Final Examination (2.5 hours; exact date, time and location to be announced): 50%

The final mark will be reported as a letter grade in accordance with the conversion table of the current undergraduate calendar.

This document is a summary of the course outline for MA307 and is provided for the convenience of students.