Notes on Using the Lecture Slides for
Numerical Methods with MATLAB

The lecture slides are intended to support instructors and students using the book Numerical Methods with MATLAB: Implementations and Applications copyright, © 2000, Prentice Hall. They have evolved from my own lecture preparation. In their current form they cover much of the material that is in the textbook. In particular I have reproduced most of the figures and tables, many key equations, and some code listings. These slides are copyright, © 2000, Gerald W. Recktenwald, all rights reserved.

You are free to download the PDF files, store them on your computer, print the slides, and use them as instructional aides in your classes. You may not repackage and/or sell these slides in any form, or for any purpose whatsoever.

Viewing and Printing the Slides

The slides are available in Adobe's Portable Document Format (PDF). To view them you will need the PDF Reader application for your computer. The Reader is available for free from Adobe, Inc.

One-per-page and Four-per-page

The lecture notes are provided in two formats: one slide per page and four slides per page. The one-slide-per-page format is appropriate for creating 8.5 by 11 inch transparencies. The four-slides-per-page format may be useful for students who wish to bring a copy of the notes to lecture, or who may wish to use the notes for studying.

There are more than 50 slides for a typical chapter. Thus, the one-slide-per-page format consumes a lot of paper and transparency film. I've found it helpful to first print out the four-slides-per-page format. I use those smaller images to prepare for lecture, and to help me decide which slides should be printed on transparency film.

Free Advice for Instructors

Since the transparencies essentially repeat what is already in the text, you will surely bore your students if you just flash the transparencies on an overhead projector. (I imagine you knew that already. I had to learn it via direct experiment.) Now I use the transparencies selectively to complement live MATLAB demonstrations, in-class worksheets, and informal in-class discussions.

I've also found that the transparencies provide a good start on my own lecture notes, even if I don't copy them to transparency film. I just print out the four-slides-per-page version on ordinary paper and then add my own hand notes. As they say, your mileage may vary.

Many times I do not even print the slides on transparency film. Instead I use Acrobat Reader as a slide presentation tool. This, of course, requires a lecture hall with a computer projection system. After opening the PDF document with the Reader, select “Full Screen” from the “View” menu. Use the up and down arrows (cursor keys) or the “page up” and “page down” keys to cycle through the slides. Press the escape key to exit full screen mode.

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