18.085 Mathematical Methods for Engineers I

Fall 2005

A simple mesh generator in MATLAB.
This image comes from "A Simple Mesh Generator in MATLAB®" submitted to SIAM Review. The mesh was created using the truss model in Section 2.4 of the text; color shows distance to the boundary. (Image courtesy of Per-Olof Persson; the code and the paper are available on the Web.)

Course Description

This course provides a review of linear algebra, including applications to networks, structures, and estimation, Lagrange multipliers. Also covered are: differential equations of equilibrium; Laplace's equation and potential flow; boundary-value problems; minimum principles and calculus of variations; Fourier series; discrete Fourier transform; convolution; and applications.

Special Features

Technical Requirements

Special software is required to use some of the files in this course: .rm and .m.

*Some translations represent previous versions of courses.

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Prof. Gilbert Strang

Course Meeting Times

Three sessions / week
1 hour / session




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