Numerical analysis

linma1170  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

Numerical analysis
Note from June 29, 2020
Although we do not yet know how long the social distancing related to the Covid-19 pandemic will last, and regardless of the changes that had to be made in the evaluation of the June 2020 session in relation to what is provided for in this learning unit description, new learnig unit evaluation methods may still be adopted by the teachers; details of these methods have been - or will be - communicated to the students by the teachers, as soon as possible.
5 credits
30.0 h + 22.5 h
Henrotte François (compensates Remacle Jean-François);
First cycle level in numerical calculus and programming (LFSAB1104) and in linear algebra (LFSAB1101).
Main themes
  • Numerical methods for solving non-linear equations
  • Numerical methods for solving linear systems : iterative methods
  • Numerical methods for solving eigenvalue and eigenvector problems
  • Numerical solution of ordinary differential equations : initial value problems

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 With respect to the AA reference, this course contributes to the development, acquisition and evaluation of the following learning outcomes :

AA1.1, AA1.2, AA1.3
AA2.1, AA2.4
AA5.2, AA5.3, AA5.5

More precisely, after completing this course, the student will have the ability to :
  • Analyze in depth the various key methods and algorithms for the numerical solution of important classes of problems from science and industry, related to applied mathematics  
  • Better understand the numerical behavior of the various numerical algorithms for the solution of linear as well as nonlinear problems
  • Implement these methods in a high level computer language and verify their numerical behavior on a practical problem
 Transversal learning outcomes :
  • Collaborate in a small team to solve a mathematical problem using numerical methods

The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
  • Reminder of the basic notions of linear algebra (linear spaces, vector and matrix norms, ...)
  • Floating point calculations.
  • Stability, precision and conditioning of algorithms.
  • QR and SVD factorizations.
  • Linear systems of equations : direct methods. LU, Choleski, Pivoting, Renumbering (RCMK), direct resolution of sparse systems, Fill-in.
  • Iterative methods (Krylov subspaces) : iteration of Arnoldi, conjugate gradients, GMRES, Lanczos.
  • Preconditioning of iterative methods, preconditioned conjugated gradients.
  • Computing eigenvalues, QR algorithm
Teaching methods
  • Classes organized following the EPL guidelines.
  • Homeworks done individually
  • A more detailed organization is specified each year in the course plan provided on Moodle.
Evaluation methods
Exam (50% of the grade) and homeworks (50% as well)
Nous suivons relativement scrupuleusement l'excellent ouvrage :
Trefethen, L. N., & Bau III, D. Numerical linear algebra (Vol. 50). Siam.
Teaching materials
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Master [120] in Statistic: General

Additionnal module in Mathematics

Minor in Engineering Sciences: Applied Mathematics (only available for reenrolment)

Minor in Applied Mathematics

Specialization track in Applied Mathematics