Welcome to CAAM 536

Instructor and General Information

Adrianna Gillman
Office: 3022 Duncan Hall
Office hours:  M 1:30-2:30pm or by appointment
Phone: 713-348-5665 or email (preferred)

Note that you do not need an appointment to attend regularly-scheduled office hours. If you have a conflict you may make an appointment to meet outside those times.

Lectures: TTh 1-2:15pm Location: DCH 1042

Textbook:  Finite Difference Methods for Ordinary and Partial Differential Equations: Steady-State and Time-Dependent Problems by Randall J. LeVeque, SIAM, 2007.
                  Understanding and Implementing the Finite Element Method by Mark S. Gockenbach, SIAM, 2006.

Additional literature:
                 Numerical Analysis of Partial Differential Equations by Charles Hall and Thomas Porsching, Prentice Hall (1990).
                 Sobolev Spaces, by Robert A. Adams.
                 The Mathematical Theory of Finite Element Methods, by Suzanne C. Brenner and L. Ridgeway Scott, Publisher Springer.
                 The Finite Element Method for Elliptic Problems, by Philippe G. Ciarlet.
                 Handbook of Numerical Analysis: Volume II, Finite Element Methods by Philippe G. Ciarlet and Jacques-Louis Lions, North Holland, NY (1991).
                Chebyshev and Fourier Spectral Methods, by J. Boyd.
                Spectral Methods in MATLAB,
by L. Trefethen.

Note on Disability Based Accommodations

If you have a documented disability that will impact your work in this class, please contact us to discuss your needs. Additionally, you will need to register with the Disability Support Services Office in the Ley Student Center.

For your convenience, here is the term calendar as set by the registrar, with deadlines for schedule adjustment and other significant dates.


Homeworks will contain both theoretical and computational problems. Students are strongly encouraged to start their homeworks early. For pledged homework problems, you are allowed to you reference the course texts and lecture notes.  No internet or other resources are allowed unless specified in the directions for the assignment.

Late policy
Homeworks are to be handed in at the beginning of class on the due date. If the homework is turned in after the class is over, it is considered late. Late homeworks will incur penalties in increments of 10%.

The Honor Principle

Unless noted otherwise, you are encouraged to discuss regular homework problems with fellow classmates. You are expected, however, to individually write up your solutions. On pledged problems, you are not allowed to discuss homework with fellow students. You are never allowed to share computer codes for assignments. Each student is responsible for writing their own codes. You may not consult solution sheets from past CAAM courses.


Grades will be assigned based on homework scores. 

Last modified 4 Jan 2016 by AG.