The Area and the Slope; many questions; fewer answers.

Event Sponsor: 
LANS Informal Seminar
Start Date: 
Oct 28 2009 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Building/Room: 
1416, Conference Center, Bldg 240
Location: 
Argonne National Laboratory
Speaker(s): 
James Lyness
Speaker(s) Title: 
MCS
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This talk is set at a basic level. Differentiation and Integration are
often the earliest and possibly the best understood topics in elementary calculus. So it may come as a surprise to some that serious problems may be encountered in programming Numerical Quadrature and Numerical Differentiation.

Among the topics treated are the performance profile of the automatic
quadrature routine; a software interface problem; round-off error amplification in numerical differentiation; and, at the very end, possibilities for using complex variable analysis.

These lead to generally conceptual problems. The questions which arise can be understood with minimal mathematical sophistication. But a particular answer, if one exists, might be complicated. In this talk we concentrate on the questions.

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