Preface

This work is the result of several years of teaching a one semester course on numerical analysis and scientific computing, addressed primarily to students in mathematics, engineering, and the sciences. Our purpose is to provide those students with fundamental concepts of numerical mathematics and at the same time stir their interest in the art of implementing and programming numerical methods.

The learning objectives of this book are mainly to have the students:

  1. Understand floating-point number representations, particularly those pertaining to IEEE simple and double precision standards as being used in the scientific computer environment such as MATLAB ® version 7. Please note that:

    MATLAB ® is a registered trademark of The Math Works, ...

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