Matthew L. Wright
Associate Professor, St. Olaf College

Modern Computational Math

Math 242 ⋅ Spring 2024

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Challenge Problems Earn a Token
Do the following before the first class:
  • Complete the Introductory Survey.
  • Install Mathematica on your computer. If you've already installed Mathematica, open it up and check that your license key is still active. You might be prompted to upgrade to the most recent version. For assistance, see this IT Help Desk page.
Do the following before next class:
Friday
February 9
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Monday
February 12
Madhava series for \(\pi\)

MSCS Colloquium: Are you CURIous about Summer Research? Monday, Feb. 12, 3:30–4:30pm in RNS 310

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Wednesday
February 14
Inverse tangent formulas for \(\pi\)
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Friday
February 16
Formulas for \(\pi\) by Ramanujan and others

MSCS Presentation: Paul Tveite '07, "Working at Google" — Friday, Feb. 16, 3:00–4:00pm in RNS 310

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Monday
February 19
Probabilistic approaches for \(\pi\)
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Wednesday
February 21
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Friday
February 23
Fibonacci implementations
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  • To be announced...
Monday
February 26
Fibonacci identities
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Wednesday
February 28
Fibonacci polynomial identities
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Friday
March 1
Generalized Fibonacci numbers
\(\pi\) Project
revisions due
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  • To be announced...
Monday
March 4
Generalized Fibonacci numbers
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Wednesday
March 6
Iterated Functions
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Friday
March 8
Heights of Collatz sequences
Generalized Fibonacci
Project due
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Monday
March 11
Collatz Stopping Times
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Wednesday
March 13
Collatz sequences
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Friday
March 15
The logistic map
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Monday
March 18
The logistic map
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Wednesday
March 20
Logistic map bifurcation diagrams
Generalized Fibonacci
revisions due
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Friday
March 22
The Feigenbaum Constant
Have a great spring break! No class March 25–April 1.
Wednesday
April 3
Introduction to Python
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Friday
April 5
Prime Numbers
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Monday
April 8
Prime numbers: Sieve of Eratosthenes
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Wednesday
April 10
Properties of prime numbers
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Friday
April 12
Counting primes
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Monday
April 15
Counting Primes and the Riemann Zeta Function
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Wednesday
April 17
Counting Primes and the Riemann Zeta Function

Note: no help session on Thursday, April 20.

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Friday
April 19
Detecting large primes
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Monday
April 22
Pseudorandom numbers
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Wednesday
April 24
Probabilistic simulation
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Friday
April 26
Random walks
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Monday
April 29
Random walks
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Wednesday
May 1
2D Random walks
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Friday
May 3
2D Random walks
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Monday
May 6
3D Random walks
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Wednesday
May 8
Final projects
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Friday
May 10
Final projects
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Monday
May 13
Final projects
We've made it to the end of the semester! A few last things to do:
  • To be announced...
Thursday
May 16
Final Presentations 1:00–3:00pm