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Old   July 13, 2011, 21:58
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Hello all,

I would like your opinion on 2 classes which I would like to take. Unfortunately I can only take one (this will be my last class to get my masters). I have done a lot of work in heat transfer and fluids and have use CFD softwares. I am just wondering which class would be more informative:

CBE 529 - Application of Linear Algebra in Engineering Systems

3 Credit Hours Fundamental concepts of linear algebra to problems in engineering systems: steady state and dynamic systems. Geometric and physical interpretations of relevant concepts: least square problems, LU, QR, and SVD decompositions of system matrix, eigenvalue problems, and similarity transformations in solving difference and differential equations; numerical stability aspects of various algorithms; application of linear algebra concepts in control and optimization studies; introduction to linear programming. Computer projects.
Cross-listed: (Same as Biomedical Engineering 529; Electrical and Computer Engineering 529; Industrial Engineering 529; Materials Science and Engineering 529; Mechanical Engineering 529.)

Comment(s): Graduate standing or consent of instructor required.


ME 515 - Numerical Heat and Mass Transfer

3 Credit Hours Discrete modeling of Navier-Stokes equations and energy equation via control volume methods. Difference methods for discretization of convective term, Iterative solution algorithms for pressure-linked equations modeling forced and buoyancy driven flows. Computer project.
Recommended Background: Undergraduate fluid mechanics and heat transfer course.

Thanks in advance

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Old   July 14, 2011, 10:06
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Linear algebra sounds like it is going to be a lot of matrix solving, which is fine, but can be a bit tedious. You might learn some tricks that you can apply to programming.

I thoroughly enjoyed all my numerical classes, and when/if you decide to go for a phd knowing how to program might be a big help. And, you will probably learn some matrix stuff in that class as well.
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