An Introduction to Scientific Computing
By Jennifer Houchins
Shodor, Durham, North Carolina
This page provides download links for a set of curricular materials designed to introduce
scientific computing to undergraduate or graduate students in science and other STEM
disciplines. The module teaches the principles of scientific computing using code examples in
the C programming language. The module consists of the documents described below. The
documents can be downloaded individually, or as a zip archive containing all of the documents:
IntroScientificComputing.pdf contains a presentation introducing Scientific Computing. It provides sections
Numerical_Errors.xls Bob Panoff's Excel file demonstrating why we should be concerned with approximations.
Drop of Water.xls Bob Panoff's Excel file demonstrating how to frame a problem computationally.
Poor Random Noise Data.xls Bob Panoff's Excel file with linear and quadratic data sets with noise added, as well as
a sheet for looking at truncation in stepwise progressions.