Numerical Methods II is the second half of a two-course series meant to introduce graduate students to the fundamentals of numerical mathematics (but any Ph.D. student seriously interested in applied mathematics should take it). It will be a demanding course covering a broad range of topics. There will be extensive homework assignments involving a mix of theory and computational experiments, and an in-class final. We will cover fundamental methods that are essential for the numerical solution of differential equations. It is intended for students familiar with ODE and PDE.

Topics covered include:

  • numerical quadrature
  • two-point boundary value problems
  • methods for ordinary differential equations
  • methods for elliptic partial differential equations
  • fast solvers, fast transforms, and multigrid methods
  • parabolic partial differential equations
  • hyperbolic partial differential equations
  • convergence analysis and mesh refinement strategies


  • Numerical linear algebra, some ODE, PDE


The course textbook is Finite Difference Methods for Ordinary and Partial Differential Equations by Randall J. Leveque.

Recommended Texts

Assignments and grading

There will be regular (biweekly) assignments and an in-class final.

Announcements, etc.

Announcements, assignments, discussion etc. will be handled using the online platform Piazza ( If you are enrolled in the class, you will receive an email invitation to join Piazza at the start of the semester. Otherwise, please email me and I will send you instructions.
Professor: Leslie Greengard
1117 Warren Weaver Hall
Phone: (212) 998-3306
Office hours: by appointment

Warren Weaver Hall, Room 202
Tuesday, 5:10 - 7:00 pm
Spring Semester, 2017