College Math Teaching

November 11, 2014

Math professor FAIL: CHECK THE OBVIOUS first.

Numerical analysis: I had the students run a “5 step predictor, 4 step corrector, variable step size” routine to solve a differential equation. This was a homework problem.
A student reported that the routine failed.

So, I looked at it…the interval for the solution was [1, 1.2] and the initial step size was…. 0.05 and what is 5 times .05? Yep, the correction part overshot the right endpoint and the “next h” was indeed negative.

This came to me when I was eating dinner…and sure enough..

OMG, I am an idiot. 🙂


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