About this course

MA 1600 is intended to expose students to the computational side of science and enginering. No experience in programming is necessary. The course will start by motivating why approximations and estimation are useful, and how we can use modern computing algorithms to help estimate solutions. We will introduce and use the popular mathematical software MATLAB, althought students can use iPython if they prefer. Although numerical methods covered in this course are limited, the application to real-life problems are not. It is hoped that this course, coupled with logical thinking and scientific reasoning, will allow students to make informed quantitative estimations about the world around them, and its impact on daily life.