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Introduction to Numerical Methods

The image of the unit sphere under an m x n matrix.

The image of the unit sphere under any m x n matrix is a hyperellipse. (Image by Dr. Per-Olof Persson.)


MIT Course Number

18.335J / 6.337J

As Taught In

Fall 2006



Course Features

Course Description

This course offers an advanced introduction to numerical linear algebra. Topics include direct and iterative methods for linear systems, eigenvalue decompositions and QR/SVD factorizations, stability and accuracy of numerical algorithms, the IEEE floating point standard, sparse and structured matrices, preconditioning, linear algebra software. Problem sets require some knowledge of MATLAB®.

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