MA 314 Final Exam – Study Guide

FINAL EXAM – Tuesday, May 7, KT 216, 10:30-12:30 a.m.

Dr. Peter Dragnev

KT 290, tel. 481-6382


OFFICE HOURS: Monday, May 6, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

The Final Exam will cover Chapters 5, 6, 7, and 13. It will consist of two parts. For the first part (approx. 30 min) the students will be expected to give definitions of the terms and comment on the topics below (no literature allowed), as well as solve simple problems, not requiring technology. The second part (approx. 90 min) will consist of problem solving, which will involve also writing algorithms and programming on computers. For this part the use of literature, such as book, projects, handouts, and program printouts will be allowed.

CH. 5 Model fitting, empirical model, interpolation, approximation; formulation error, truncation error, round-off error, measurement error; absolute deviation, data transformation, Chebyshev criterion, residuals, linear programming; least-squares criterion, deviation of best least-squares fit of linear curve (y=ax+b).

CH. 6 Lagrange interpolation theorem and Lagrange interpolation formula, advantages and disadvantages of high order polynomial models, smoothing, differences and divided differences; spline functions, cubic splines, natural spline, clamped spline.

CH. 7 Monte Carlo simulation, probabilistic vs. deterministic process and behavior; Monte Carlo algorithms and programs for finding area, volume, experiments involving coins, dice; random numbers, middle-square and linear congruence methods, cycling; queuing problems and models (be able to solve simple queuing problems, similar to the 4-ship problem in the book).

CH. 13 Dimensionless products, products, dimension, basic dimensions, dimensional homogeneity, dimensional constant; linear system, coefficients and constants of linear system, homogeneous system, trivial solution, linear combination, independent set of solutions, complete set of solutions; basic products, Buckingham’s theorem.