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Dr. Kevin G. TeBeest
Spring 2017

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


  1. FINAL EXAM:   Mark your calendars IMMEDIATELY!   (published by Admin and posted here Monday of Week 4)
    Thursday, June 15 (Week 11)
    1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    ROOM:  AB 1-817

    The final exam may include anything from Assignment 12 to the end of the course.
    Click here for information about our final exam. Includes the crib sheet I will give you during the exam.

    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. You are expected to 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.)

  3. All electronic devices (phones, computers, ear-buds, etc.) must be 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.

  4. Does anyone other than university students and university faculty use Maple?   (I do not receive compensation from MapleSoft.)
    See News Article 1 >>
    See News Article 2 >>

  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. I strongly encourage you to study with "study buddies." (On projects, however, you are NOT allowed to work with members of other teams.)

  8. How much should a college student study?



  1. Do all the examples in the first Maple tutorial entitled Basics. April 3
    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 after they are posted 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 3
    (Because you should always read sections as we cover the material, normally I do not post reading assignments.)

    To expedite my taking attendance each day, please note the desk you sit in on Thursday of Week 1. I will have you sit at that desk the remainder of the term.

  2. Do this problem on truncation error. (pdf document) April 6

  3. Section 0.7 – Polynomial Nested Form / Truncation Error. April 6

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

    Recall that you should be forming your teams of 4 for working the Programming Assignments.
    (No more than 4 per team.) Your team may include students from either of my two sections.

    Read Section 1.1 on the Bisection Method (Interval Halving).

  4. Do all the examples in the second Maple tutorial entitled Solutions of Equations. April 10
    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.

  5. Section 1.1 – Bisection Method. April 10

  6. Write the Maple code for the Bisection Method. April 11
    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.

    (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.)

  7. Formatted Printing.   After writing the Maple code for the bisection method, read and work through all the examples in the 8th Maple tutorial entitled
    Formatted Printing and Plot Options. April 13
    Then change your Maple code for the bisection method so that it uses formatted printing and prints
    each xm in decimal form showing 8 decimal places, f(xm) in scientific notation showing 6 decimal places,
    and the interval length in scientific notation showing 4 decimal places.
    From now on we will use the printf command for printing.

  8. Section 1.2(a) – False Position. April 13

  9. Section 1.3 – Newton's Method. April 14

  10. Section 1.5 – Fixed Point Method. April 17

  11. Section 1.5(b) – Fixed Point Method with Aitken Acceleration. April 19

    Here is the Crib Sheet that I will provide you during the exam.
    It may include anything from Assignment 1 through 11.
    See more exam information here >>.


  12. Program Assignment 1.   Due Mon., May 8 at 1:20.   (posted April 25)
    Read this document before beginning this assignment.
    • You should have Assignments 6 & 7 successfully completed before you attempt this.
    • You should also study the pseudocode for Newton's method (Assignment 9) and use formatted printing as explained in Assignment 7.
    • Here are some of the results you should obtain in Part I. Do NOT proceed to Part II until Part I works correctly.

  13. Section 3.2 – Newton-Gregory Interpolating Polynomials. April 26

    Here are some of the results you should obtain in Part I of Program Assignment 1.
    Do NOT proceed to Part II until Part I works correctly.
    You should rework Exam 1 immediately to learn from your errors.

  14. Determine the Optimal Interpolation Degree. May 1

  15. Do this example that shows how to use Maple to generate an interpolating polynomial through points. May 2

  16. Sections 5.2 & 5.3 – Proper Integrals: Trapezoidal Rule and Simpson's Rules. May 3
    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

    Recall that Assignment 16 is a running assignment.

  19. Do all the examples in the third Maple Tutorial entitled Derivatives and Integrals. May 5

  20. Section 5.3:   Simpson's – 3/8 Rule. May 5

    Summary of Newton-Cotes integration formulas


  21. Program Assignment 2.   Due Friday, May 19 (Week 7) at 11:20 a.m..   (Posted Tuesday morning, May 9.)
    Read this document before beginning this assignment.
    • You should have Assignments 17 – 19 successfully completed before you attempt this.
    • Do NOT proceed to Part II until Part I works correctly.

  22. Section 5.6 – Gauss Quadrature. May 10

  23. Section 5.1 – Numerical Differentiation. May 16

    You should rework Exam 2 immediately after it is returned. (Recall that a score below 64% is failing. See the course policy.)
    On Tuesday I posted updated estimates of your midterm course grade on BannerWeb.

    Start reading Chapter 6.

  24. Chapter 6 – Numerical Solutions of ODEs. May 22    This is a running assignment.

    Skipped Winter 2016, Summer 2015

  25. Chapter 6 (a) – Implicit Euler Method. May 22

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 one's own body or part of the body, usually due to vanity.
The photo on a driving license is an example of a facie, although it is not a selfie.


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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