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Numerical Analysis

Numerical Analysis

This is a free online course offered by the Saylor Foundation. 'Numerical analysis is the study of the methods used to solve problems involving continuous variables.  It is a highly applied branch of mathematics and computer science, wherein abstract ideas and theories become the quantities describing things we can actually touch and see.  The real number line is an abstraction where many interesting and useful ideas live, but to actually realize these ideas, we are forced to employ approximations of the real numbers.  For example, consider marking a ruler at \sqrt{2}.  We know that \sqrt{2} \approx 1.4142, but if we put the mark there, we know we are in error for there is an infinite sequence of nonzero digits following the 2.  Even more: a number doesn’t have any width, yet any mark we... Show More
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