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Numerical Analysis

Numerical analysis is the study of algorithms that use numerical approximations for the problems of mathematical analysis. It continues this long tradition of practical mathematical calculations. Modern numerical analysis does not seek exact answers. This is due to the fact exact answers are often impossible to obtain in practice. Instead, numerical analysis is concern with obtaining approximate solutions while maintaining reasonable bounds on errors.

Direct methods compute the solution to a problem in a finite number of steps. These methods give precise answers if they are performed in infinite precision arithmetic. Examples of direct methods include Gaussian elimination, the QR factorization methods for solving systems of linear equations, and the simple method of linear programming. Finite precision is used and the result is an approximation of the true solution.

Iterative methods are not expected to terminate in a number of steps. Starting from an initial guess, iterative methods form successive approximations that converge to the exact solution only in the imit. A convergence test is specified in order to decide when a sufficiently accurate solution has been found. Even using infinite precision arithmetic, these methods will not reach the solution within a finite number of steps. Examples of the iterative methods include Newton’s method, the bisection method and Jacobi iteration. Iteration methods are generally needed for large scale problems.

Since the advent of computers, most algorithms are implemented in a variety of programming languages. The Netlib repository contains various collections of software routines for numerical problems. Many computer algebra systems such as Mathematica also benefit from the availability of arbitrary precision arithmetic which can provide more accurate results. 

Categories within Numerical Analysis

Computing Values of Functions

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A function is a relation between a set of inputs and a set of permissible outputs with the property that each input is related to exactly out output.

Ordinary Differential Equations

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An ordinary differential equation is an equation containing a function of one independent variable and its derivatives.

Partial Differential Equations

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A partial differential equation is a differential equation that contains unknown multivariable functions and their partial derivatives.

Draw and Sketch Velocity

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Quantitative Problem Solving with excel

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Solving 7 questions on various topics

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Solving Discrete Mathematics Questions

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Separation of Variables, System Progress, and Phase Diagrams

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Graphing and Harvesting Functions

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Identifying and Recognizing Variations in Sets

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10 Differential Equation Questions

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Springdale Shopping Survey

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Solution of differential equation on interval of x values

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Analysing Frequency Distributions

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Two-Dimensional Wave Equation

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Numerical analysis and 7th degree splines

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Interval of existence of an IVP

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The Flow Invariant for the Nonlinear System

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Fixed point iteration, unique solution converge

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Determining the Height an Arrow Flies

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Deriving the Black - Schole Equation

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Proof in Numerical Analysis: Taylor's Theorem

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Proof in Numerical Analysis

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Rates of Convergence of Powers

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Separation of Variables for PDEs

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Growth Model Populations

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Encompassing initial value problems

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Solving a Heat Equation

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Simply supported beam: Maximum bending moment

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