M346 Topics in Mathematics:Mathematical
Investigations with Maple and MATLAB
Winter Semester 2000 (992) Course Syllabus
Instructor: Karen E. Donnelly. Office: 257 Core Building
Office Phone: 6297 Home Phone: 866-8997 email alias:
If you need to see me at a time that is not during office hours,
please call or send email for an appointment.
Monday 1:00--3:00 p.m.
Tuesday 1:00--3:00 p.m.
Wednesday 10:00--10:40 a.m.
Thursday 1:00--3:00 p.m.
Friday 10:00--10:45 a.m.
Donnelly’s home page URL:
Topics Web Page URL: www.saintjoe.edu/~karend/m346
To learn to use MATLAB and Maple as powerful mathematical tools for
the solution of mathematical problems including advanced calculations,
both numeric and symbolic, generation of graphs, and programming.
Basics of MATLAB environment
-- entering and editing commands, entering and manipulating matrices, variables,
expressions, built-in functions,
Basics of M-Files
Graphics -- Figure Windows,
plots and subplots (2d and 3d)
Programming in MATLAB:
Scripts and Functions
Handle Graphics and Graphical
User Interfaces, Animations and Movies
Tentative Exam Dates:
Exam # 1 -- Thursday February 10th
The Maple Worksheet Environment
-- writing in Maple and organizing worksheets.
and Algebraic Computations
Graphics -- Two Dimensional
and Three Dimensional, Animations
Using Maple libraries
for Calculus, Differential Equations, Linear Algebra, Statistics and Finance
Programming in Maple
Exam # 2 -- Thursday March 16th
Exam # 3: -- Thursday April 14th ( No final exam )
Assignments, Projects: 55%
Three Exams: 35%
Attendance and Participation: 10%
59% or lower F
Expectations and Requirements:
Special Note: If you are a student with a disability, please
meet with me immediately to discuss the accommodations you will need during
class activity, examinations, and out of class assignments in order to
participate fully and demonstrate your abilities.
1. Academic Honesty: Plagiarism or other forms of academic dishonesty
on any assignments, tests, or quizzes will not be tolerated. If the instructor
finds that a student has engaged in dishonesty, the student may be referred
to the Dean of Academic Affairs for appropriate action.
1 day late: 10% reduction
2. Quizzes and Exams: Students are expected to be present for
all exams. No exams or quizzes may be made up unless the
student has contacted the instructor and received permission prior
to the date of the original exam or quiz. This includes students participating
in athletics who must arrange to take the quiz or exam on or before
the scheduled date.
3. Assignments: Assignments, unless otherwise specified by the
instructor, are to be completed individually. While students are
encouraged to consult each other for ideas for assignments, the
solutions should be completed individually. Any help one student gives
another should be instructional help only. If the instructor feels that
a student has not completed an assignment individually, the instructor
may question the student on that assignment. The student should be able
to explain how he/she worked the problem and should be able to work similar
problems. Late assignments will not be accepted without permission.
permission is given, the following penalties will be assigned:
2 days late: 20% reduction
3 days late: 30% reduction
Not accepted after 3 days late.
4. Class Preparation and Participation:
a) Keep up with reading assignments. To receive the maximum
grade on attendance and participation the student must read assignments
class, be prepared to ask questions and be an actively engaged participant
b) Take good notes and review notes on a regular basis
as well as promptly begin and continue work on assignments as they are
c) Attendance is required. If you must miss class due
to illness or other valid excuse (e.g. athletic event) please send me email
or telephone with an explanation.
5. Getting Help:
Students who do not understand a concept should do the following:
a) Ask questions in class. (More than likely other students do not
understand as well.)
b) Seek individual help from the instructor. I am more than willing
to give you the extra help you may need. Come in during office hours or
make an appointment. Tutoring (free) can also be arranged either through
me or through counseling services.
c) Share with me any concerns you may have or any suggestions you have
for the class structure that will help you learn more effectively.
The above content and requirements are tentative and subject to
change according to time constraints and other factors as determined by