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8/20/98
CGN 3421
Computer Methods
Fall 1998
Instructor:
Professor Gurley, 204F Weil,
www.ce.ufl.edu/~kgurl
Office Hours:
Monday through Thursday 10:30  11:30. Please make an attempt to seek help dur
ing office hours. If you have a conflict, I am available at other times.
Class:
MWF 9:35, M 3:00  6:00 (lab).
Meet in 328 for class and lab, lab will then move to computer rooms
Text:
To be determined. I will be providing packets to accompany some class lectures.
Goals:
The purpose of this class is to teach programming skills, and to demonstrate the practical
application of computers as an engineering tool through the numerical solution of common
problems. The material will be presented assuming the student has no prior programming
experience. We will focus on Fortran, but the skills learned will be readily adaptable to
other languages you may work with in future. The first half of the course will cover learning
Fortran. The second half of the course will cover Numerical Methods using Fortran.
Objectives:
The student should become proficient in developing computer programs to solve cal
culationintensive engineering problems. This will require several skills, including:
1) Familiarity with programming concepts (commands, variable usage, control structures,
etc.). 2) Decomposing a given problem into a series of smaller subproblems. 3) Developing
a logical, stepbystep series of simple instructions to represent each subproblem in step 2
above. 4) Assembling these modules with a main program. 5) Debugging syntax errors and
logical flaws. 6) Evaluating program correctness through simple examples confirmed by
hand. 7) Understanding of theoretical concepts behind various numerical methods.
Outcomes:
Successful completion of this course will provide the student with an essential engi
neering tool, computer programming. This course requires the student to apply math, sci
ence and engineering principles to solve engineering problems. It teaches the student to
identify, formulate, and solve openended problems. The course will also enhance the stu
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