Numerical methods is a large, encompassing field utilized throughout the sciences and engineering. These are numerical tools designed to solve mathematical problems. This class is an introduction of some common techniques used in the atmospheric sciences. Students will learn number series, interpolation, Fourier (harmonic) series, bandpass filters, and random number applications; techniques for computing derivatives and integrals; finite difference techniques to ordinary differential equations for advection and trajectories; and numerical solutions to partial differential equations. The homework will be hand exercises, spreadsheet applications, Matlab examples, and FORTRAN code. Examples using python, Mathematica, IDL, ncl, and other tools will be shown as well. Practical examples to meteorology will be illustrated throughout the semester, as well as map projection and wind coordinate concepts.

The class will consist of two closed-book exams (45% of grade), a final (30% of grade), and homework (25% of grade). We will have many in-class sessions for the homework. The homework is imperative to the exams. Without learning the homework, you will likely do poorly on the exams.

Tentative Schedule

Exam 1 - Wednesday, March 8

Exam 2 - Wednesday, April 12

Final exam - Friday, April 28, 8AM

Spreadsheets are an important tool for this class. The chandoo.org website is an excellent source for Excel tutorials.

The class will consist of two closed-book exams (45% of grade), a final (30% of grade), and homework (25% of grade). We will have many in-class sessions for the homework. The homework is imperative to the exams. Without learning the homework, you will likely do poorly on the exams.

Tentative Schedule

Exam 1 - Wednesday, March 8

Exam 2 - Wednesday, April 12

Final exam - Friday, April 28, 8AM

Spreadsheets are an important tool for this class. The chandoo.org website is an excellent source for Excel tutorials.