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Dr. Kevin G. TeBeest
Spring 2015

Course Policy Dr. TeBeest's Schedule
Rules Regarding Programming Projects Maple Tutorials
Comments about Final Exams Journal Format Guidelines
Course Syllabus Developing Good Study Habits
Accessing Kettering's Cloud (and Maple) via the Citrix Receiver


    Wednesday, June 17 (Week 11)
    1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
    ROOM: International Room in the CC

    The final exam may include anything from Assignment 14 to the end of the course. See below.
    Click here for information about our final exam. Includes the crib sheet I will give you during the exam.

    Click here for Kettering's Final Exam Schedule by Time.
    Click here for Kettering's Final Exam Schedule by Course.
    NOTE: University policy states that is your responsibility to check for scheduling conflicts with other final exams immediately. If you have a scheduling conflict please resolve it immediately per university policy here. However, if another instructor reschedules one of your final exams and causes a scheduling conflict, then it is that instructor's responsibility to resolve the conflict.

  2. I strongly encourage you to work with "study buddies."

  3. Review your lecture notes before each lecture. (For example, when I ask specific questions about the previous lecture, you should be able to answer them without looking at your notes.)

  4. You should have all electronic devices (phones, i-whatevers, MP3 players, ear-buds, etc.) completely turned off and stowed before coming to class. Recording devices are strictly prohibited. Using electronic devices during class without my permission may result in their being confiscated and in academic discipline.

  5. Although I teach multiple sections of MATH-305, university policy requires that you attend only the section for which you are registered. Consequently, you may not "float" from one section to another as a matter of convenience.

  6. If you miss a class, please obtain copies of the lecture notes from a classmate.

  7. How much should a college student study?



  1. Do all the examples in the first Maple tutorial entitled Basics. April 6
    1. Do not use the shortcut menu buttons in the left panel of Maple. Rather, manually type the commands as they appear in the Maple examples.
    2. You should work all assigned Maple examples immediately to help you prepare for the programming assignments.
    3. There may be Maple related questions on exams (see the course policy).

    Kettering has made Maple amply available on many PCs throughout the AB.

    Read Sections 0.1, 0.4, and 0.6. April 6
    (Because you should always read sections as we cover the material, normally I do not post reading assignments.)

  2. Do this problem on truncation error. (requires Acrobat Reader) April 8

  3. Section 0.7 – Polynomial Nested Form / Truncation Error. April 9

  4. Section 0.7 – Polynomial Nested Form. April 9

    Since the use of Maple is required in this course, you should be finished with Assignment 1 by now.

  5. Section 1.1 – Bisection Method. April 10

    (April 13, 1743 was Thomas Jefferson's birthday. He and John Adams died within mere hours of one another on July 4, 1826... the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence.)

  6. Write the Maple code for the Bisection Method. April 13
    NOTE: Do this immediately, and play with the code by changing the starting interval, the tolerance, even the function. You will use this code as the template for writing the codes for other methods and for our first programming assignment.

  7. Do all the examples in the 8th Maple tutorial entitled Formatted Printing and Plot Options. April 14
    Then change your Maple code for the bisection method so that it uses formatted printing.
    From now on we will use the printf command for printing.

  8. Section 1.2(a) – False Position. April 15

  9. Do all the examples in the second Maple tutorial entitled Solutions of Equations. April 16
    You should complete Assignment 1 before doing this one. Remember that these assignments will acquaint (or reacquaint) you with Maple and prepare you for the programming assignments.

  10. Section 1.3 – Newton's Method. April 16

  11. Section 1.5 – Fixed Point Method. April 17

  12. Program Assignment 1.   Due Thursday, April 30 at the beginning of class.   (posted April 18)
    Read this document before beginning this assignment.
    Here is a picture of the 22° ice halo.
    • You should have the code for the bisection method and Assignment 6 successfully completed before you attempt this.
    • You should also study the pseudocode for false position (assignment 8) and use formatted printing as explained in Assignment 7.
    • Here are some of the results you should obtain in Part I. Do NOT proceed until Part I works correctly.

  13. Section 1.5(b) – Fixed Point Method with Aitken Acceleration. April 22


    Click here for more details.

  14. Section 3.2 – Newton-Gregory Interpolating Polynomials. April 27    (covered Wednesday–Friday)

  15. Do this example that shows how to use Maple to generate an interpolating polynomial through points. April 29

  16. Sections 5.2 & 5.3 – Proper Integrals: Trapezoidal Rule and Simpson's Rules. May 1
    Note:   This is a running assignment — do the problems on this sheet as we cover the material.

  17. Write the Maple code for the trapezoidal rule. May 4
    NOTE: Do this immediately, and play with the code by changing the number of subintervals, the limits of integration, even the integrand f(x). You will use this code as the template (model) for writing the codes for other methods and for the second programming assignment.

  18. Section 5.3:   Simpson's – 1/3 Rule. May 4

  19. Section 5.3:   Simpson's – 3/8 Rule. May 6

    Recall that Assignment 16 is a running assignment.

  20. Program Assignment 2 is posted on BlackBoard.   Due Wednesday, May 20 (Week 7).   (Posted Wed., May 6)
    You should have the trapezoidal rule code (see Assignment 17) running properly before you attempt this program assignment.
    Read this document before beginning this assignment. Click here to see an animation of a rotating turbine rotor created using Maple.

  21. Do all the examples in the third Maple Tutorial entitled Derivatives and Integrals. May 7

  22. Section 5.6 – Gauss Quadrature. May 8

  23. Section 5.1 – Numerical Differentiation. May 13

  24. Chapter 6 – Numerical Solutions of ODEs. May 20    This is a running assignment.

  25. Chapter 6 (a) – Implicit Euler Method. May 21

    BEWARE:    The math faculty have observed that during the final 3 to 4 weeks of a term, many students have a tendency to: 1) skip class more, and 2) let their studies in math courses slide as they complete term projects or term papers in other courses. Be careful not to do that! I often see students leave entire pages blank on the final exam (indicating that they did not do the assigned homework), and they end up seriously lowering their course grade. Remember that the final exam is worth 30% of the course grade, so make sure you continue to study and do all the assigned homework. Also, realize that one purpose of a final exam is so you can show that you have mastered a concept that you might have scored poorly on in one of the exams. So view the final exam as an opportunity to raise rather than lower your course grade.

  26. Write this Maple code for Euler's Method. May 22
    NOTE: Do this immediately, and play with the code by changing the nodal stepsize, the interval endpoints, the IC, even the ODE. Use it to check your work on some of the homework problems. You will use this code as the template (model) for writing the codes for other methods and for the third project.

  27. Review the Maple tutorial entitled Formatted Printing and Plot Options. May 22

    Don't forget that Assignment 24 is a running assignment.

Facie (noun)   \'fā • cē,    'fay • see\    pl. facies   \'fā • cēz,    'fay • seez\ :
  1. an image of one's face taken by oneself or by another person using a digital camera or phone,
    especially for posting on social networking sites or smartphones for personal identification.
  2. a photo ID showing only the face.
First Known Use of FACIE – 16:34 UTC, October 12, 2014 by Kevin G. TeBeest, Michigan USA
Formerly:   "profile photo" (archaic)
Usage:  Professor TeBeest sent a photo of himself playing his drums to his brother who wanted a photo ID for his smartphone. The brother whined saying, "Send me a photo of your ugly face you stupid. . .!" So Professor TeBeest sent his brother a facie.
Etymology:  French façade ("a false, superficial, or artificial appearance or effect," Merriam–Webster); Italian facciata, a derivative of faccia ("front"), from Latin facies ("face");
Geographical Use:  worldwide
Not to be confused with selfie, which is a photo taken by oneself of ones own body or part of the body, usually due to vanity.
The photo on your state driving license is an example of a facie, although it is not a selfie.

Inform your friends and family! Let's make it go viral. Start using it in conversations and online and explain it when they ask you what it means. It's fun!


Remember that:

  1. You are responsible for successfully completing all assigned problems in all your courses.
  2. The exams may include problems similar to these assignments and lecture examples and may include questions about Maple.
  3. We must maintain a steady pace to cover the material that constitutes Math-305. If you have difficulty with a section, be sure to see me for help immediately.
  4. No matter how simple a topic appears when you see my examples or read the text, you will almost certainly have difficulty completing an exam if you do not practice the examples and do the assignments beforehand.

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