Matthew L. Wright
Assistant Professor, St. Olaf College

Modern Computational Math

Math 242 ⋅ Spring 2018

Prof. Wright's office hours in RMS 405: Mon. 8:00–8:55 & 2:15–3:15, Wed. 2:30–3:30, Thurs 9:30–10:30, Fri. 10:30–11:30, whenever the door is open, or by appointment

Help sessions: Thursdays 7–8pm in RNS 206

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Friday
February 9
Introduction
Mathematica basics — Programming in Mathematica notebook
Do the following before next class:
Monday
February 12
Fibonacci numbers
Do the following before next class:
  • Make sure you understand the code in the Mathematica notebook from class today. If you are confused about something, ask a question on Piazza!
  • Cassini's Identity says \(F_n^2 - F_{n+1}F_{n-1} = (-1)^{n-1} \). Use Mathematica to verify this for the first 1000 (or so) Fibonacci numbers. Bring your best attempt at this to class on Wednesday.
  • Read Keith Devlin's blog post How today‚Äôs pros solve math problems: Part 1 and answer the questions on the reading guide. Bring your completed reading guide to class on Wednesday.
Wednesday
February 14
Fibonacci numbers
Mathematica notebook: day3_Fibonacci_properties.nb
Do the following before next class:
  • Work on the Fibonacci Project. It's due on Monday, but do as much as you can by Friday, so that you can ask questions if you get confused or stuck. When you finish, upload your notebook to Moodle.
Friday
February 16
Pell numbers
Mathematica notebooks: day4_Pell_starter.nb, Section A, Section B
Do the following before next class:
  • Finish the Fibonacci Project and upload your notebook to Moodle.
  • Take a look at this paper, which gives various identities for the Pell numbers. Try to generate several other polynomial identities similar to those described in Proposition 1. For example, can you directly conjecture and verify the identity for \(n=11\)?
Monday
February 19
Pell numbers
Do the following before next class:
  • TBA
Wednesday
February 21
Iterated functions
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  • TBA
Friday
February 23
Iterated functions
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  • TBA
Monday
February 26
Mean-median map
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  • TBA
Wednesday
February 28
Mean-median map
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  • TBA
Friday
March 2
Mean-median map
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  • TBA
Monday
March 5
Primes
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  • TBA
Wednesday
March 7
Sieve of Eratosthenes
TBA
Friday
March 9
TBA
Sieve of Eratosthenes
  • TBA
Monday
March 12
RSA cryptography
Do the following before next class:
  • TBA
Wednesday
March 14
Digits of π
Do the following before next class:
  • TBA
Friday
March 16
RSA cryptography
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  • TBA
Monday
March 19
TBA
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  • TBA
Wednesday
March 21
TBA
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  • TBA
Friday
March 23
TBA
Have a great spring break! No class March 26 – April 2.
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  • TBA
Wednesday
April 4
TBA
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Friday
April 6
TBA
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Monday
April 9
TBA
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Wednesday
April 11
TBA
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Friday
April 13
TBA
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Monday
April 16
TBA
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Wednesday
April 18
TBA
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Friday
April 20
TBA
TBA
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Monday
April 23
TBA
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  • TBA
Wednesday
April 25
TBA
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Friday
April 27
TBA
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Monday
April 30
TBA
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  • TBA
Wednesday
May 2
TBA
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Friday
May 4
TBA
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  • TBA
Monday
May 7
TBA
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Wednesday
May 9
TBA
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  • TBA
Friday
May 11
TBA
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  • TBA
Monday
May 14
TBA
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Wednesday
May 16
TBA
TBA
Tuesday
May 22
2–4pm: Final exam/presentations for Math 242 B
Wednesday
May 23
2–4pm: Final exam/presentations for Math 242 A