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Cours scientifiques - MAA106 : Introduction to Numerical Analysis

Domaine > Mathématiques appliquées.


The aim of this course is to provide students with a working knowledge of basic mathematical algorithms and associated computer programming. We will cover several notions such as representation of numbers, rootfinding, polynomial approximation, numerical integration, and error analysis. A significant portion of the course will be devoted to implementation and experiments using Jupyter Notebooks with Python.


Objective: Introduction to computational mathematics

  • Practical knowledge of basic (but fundamental) mathematical algorithms
  • Theoretical study: introduction to the notions of error / convergence / speed of convergence
  • Practical implementation: lab sessions using Python and Jupyter notebooks


Tentative schedule

  • Introduction (1 week)
  • Chapter 1: solving equations of one variable (2 weeks)
  • Chapter 2: polynomial approximation (2 weeks)
  • Chapter 3: numerical integration (2 weeks)
  • Final exam (to be scheduled)




The grading will be based on the following elements:

  1.  Very short tests (approx. 5min) at the beginning of the second lecture of each chapter (on April 20, May 11 and June 1), to ensure that you remember the main notions introduced during the first lecture of the chapter. 25% of the final grade.
  2.  Quizzes on Moodle, to be completed at the end of each chapter, to check your understanding of the material covered in the chapter, mostly from a theoretical perspective. 25% of the final grade.
  3.  A final exam (to be scheduled), during which you will have to complete a notebook with both theoretical answers, Python code, and illustrations. 50% of the final grade.


Jupyter Notebooks


  • It is a web application allowing to design documents that contains both code and rich text elements such as figures, videos, links, equations...
  • We are going to work with Python 3. Jupyter is already installed on the machines in the computer rooms. In order to run the Jupyter server on a machine in the computer rooms, type the following command in a terminal:

    jupyter3 notebook --ip=

  •  If you want to use Jupyter on your own machine, the recommendation is that you use the Anaconda distribution. Anaconda distribution contains both python and several surrounding packages, including Jupyter. You can download it there: https://www.anaconda.com/download/ .
  • For each cycle, you will have to download and unzip a folder containing all the necessary material. Make sure to open the notebook (.ipynb file) from within the unzipped folder, otherwise you may lack some of the included pictures and layout elements.


Pour les étudiants du diplôme Bachelor of Science de l'Ecole polytechnique

Vous devez avoir validé l'équation suivante : UE MAA102

Format des notes

Numérique sur 20

Littérale/grade américain

Pour les étudiants du diplôme Bachelor of Science de l'Ecole polytechnique

Le rattrapage est autorisé (Note de rattrapage conservée écrêtée à une note seuil de 11)
    L'UE est acquise si Note finale >= 9
    • Crédits ECTS acquis : 3 ECTS

    La note obtenue rentre dans le calcul de votre GPA.

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