Class: Tue(T)-Thu(R) 1:00 - 2:30 pm

Instructor: Pedro J. Sáenz

E-mail: psaenz [at] mit .edu

Office: Room E18-473

Office Hours: R 2:30-3:30 pm & F 8-9 am

Location: Room 1-190 (Classes); TBA (Exams)

Teaching Assistant: Asad Lodhia

E-mail: lodhia [at] mit .edu

Office: E18-401R

Office hours: T 5-6 pm & F 5-6 pm

Teaching Assistant: Teng Fei

E-mail: tfei [at] mit .edu

Office: E18-301G

Office hours: W 7-8 pm & R 7-8 pm

Teaching Assistant: Sylvain Carpenter

E-mail: syl_car [at] mit .edu

Office: E17-301AB

Office hours: M 7-8 pm & W 4-5 pm


Review of linear algebra, applications to networks, structures, and estimation, finite difference and finite element solution of differential equations, Laplace's equation and potential flow, boundary-value problems, Fourier series, discrete Fourier transform, convolution. Use of MATLAB in a wide range of scientific and engineering applications.

Prerequisites: Calculus and some linear algebra

Text Book: Computational Science and Engineering, by Gilbert Strang (ISBN number 9780961408817) (Amazon)

Book website:

OCW site:


Grades: 40% problem sets, 60% three in-class quizzes (20% each)

Problem Sets: Due at start of class on Thursday, unless otherwise noted. The homework problem sets will consist of both theoretical and numerical questions. No late copy will be allowed, but the lowest score will be dropped. Please use MATLAB notation to describe algorithms. Use of MATLAB for tedious calculations is encouraged, however you need to know how to do the basic algorithms taught in the course by hand (at least for small matrices) for the quizzes.


Problem sets should represent the student's own work but cooperation with another's is welcome. Any such cooperation should however be noted in writing on the problem set.


ADD DATE (last day to add a subject): Friday, October 9

DROP DATE (last day to drop a subject): Wednesday, November 18

Students may join the class up to ADD DATE using an on-line Add/Drop form:

Students may drop a subject up to DROP DATE. Ceasing to attend a course does not constitute dropping it. The student must officially drop the course with the Registrar by DROP DATE, or receive an 'F' at the end of the term.


[10.22.2015]  Solutions to PSET 3 posted.

[10.19.2015]  PSET 4 posted.

[10.15.2015]  EXAM 1 and solutions posted.

[10.05.2015]  PSET 3 posted.

[10.05.2015]  Solutions to PSET 2 posted.

[09.18.2015]  PSET 2 posted.

[09.17.2015]  TAs' information & office hours updated.

[09.10.2015]  PSET 1 posted.

[09.01.2015]  Welcome to the 2015 fall semester!