
Instructor
Fernando E. Camelli
Email: fcamelli@gmu.edu
Phone: 7039934073
Hours: Wednesdays from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm, or by appointment
Prerequisites
 Admission to an undergraduate/graduate program or permission of instructor
Description
This course focuses on elements of programming using C and Fortran languages.
The main goal of this class is to familiarize students with basic concepts of programming
in computational sciences. Students who complete this course should be able to develop
their own code, program algorithms, manage the input and output of data, as well as compile
and link codes with other libraries (i.e. LAPACK).
After taking this course, students should have an understanding of basic concepts for
computational programming and basic/advanced programming skills to implement algorithms
widely used in computational science problems.
The following topics will be covered: basics of programming, prototyping, and algorithm
programming. The programming concepts will be applied to basic problems in computational
sciences, including computational geometry and computational mathematics.
In order to take this class, students must be familiar with basic concepts of analytic
geometry and calculus, matrix algebra, and elementary differential equations.
Syllabus
Programming Topics
 Introduction to programming, pseudo code, basic logic for programming.
Concept of variable and array in C and Fortran. Basics of compilation.
 C and Fortran programming structures and styles.
 Operators and expressions, variable names and constants in C Fortran.
 First program “hello world” in C and Fortran.
 Control of flow and logical expressions in C and Fortran. Statements and blocks,
ifelse, elseif, switch, loops  while and for, loops  do  while, break and
continue (Taylor’s expansion of functions, numerical integration of functions,
and calculation of series).
 Functions in C and Fortran. Basic of functions, return variables, external
variables, scope, static variables (trigonometry functions and computational
geometry problems).
 Pointers and arrays in C and Fortran. Onedimensional arrays vs. multidimensional
arrays (vectors and matrices, spares matrix basics, conjugategradient methods).
 Data structures and types in C and Fortran. Derived data structures (application
to complex numbers, data structures: arrays, linked lists, binary trees, and
heap data structure).
 Input/output in ASCII and binary format in C and Fortran. File processing.
 C and Fortran preprocessor. Linking with other libraries (LAPACK, basic MPI).
 Debugging and profiling tools. Management of projects using make.
 Calling Fortran subroutines from C. Calling C subroutine from Fortran.
Linking C and Fortran modules.
Scientific Topics
 Computational Geometry: polygon triangulation and partitioning, search and
intersection, point location, geometric data structures (quadtrees, octrees,
interval trees, segment trees, multilevel trees, kdtrees, range trees),
distance fields, etc.
 Computational Mathematics: system of equations (Gauss elimination, LU factorization,
partial pivoting, sparse matrices), interpolation, numerical differentiation
and integration (finite difference, trapezoid’s rule, Simpson’s rule),
ordinary differential equations.
Recommended Bibliography
 C Programming Language,
by B. W. Kernighan, and D. M. Ritchie.
 Fortran 95/2003 Explained,
by M. Metcalf, J. Reid, and M Cohen.
 The Fortran 2003 Handbook,
by J. C. Adams, W. S. Brainerd, J. T. Martin, R. A. Hendrickson, and R. E Maine.
 Computational Geometry in C,
by J. O'Rourke.
 Computational Geometry: Algorithms and Applications,
by M. de Berg, M. van Kreveld, M. Overmars, and O. Schwarzkopf.
 Python Scripting for Computational Science,
by H. P. Langtangen
 Algorithms in C,
by R. Sedgewick.
 Memory as a Programming Concept in C and C++,
by F. Franek.
 Geometric Data Structures for Computer Graphics,
by E. Langetepe, and G. Zachmann
 C: A Reference Manual,
by S. P. Harbison III, and G. L. Steele Jr.
 Numerical Analysis,
by T. Sauer
Honor Code
As in any class, you are allowed to study with other students. However, tests and homework
assignments (unless otherwise specified) must be completed on your own. SPECIFICALLY 
YOU MAY NOT COPY ANY TEXT OR MATERIAL AND REPRESENT IT AS YOUR OWN WORK.
For both papers and for code, you may reference or link to other peoples work
(if it is consistent with the assignment), but you MUST cite the source it came from.
Failure to follow these guidelines will be considered a violation of GMU's academic honor
code and will be treated as such.
Class Material
Grading
 Homeworks  70%
 Final project  30%
Office hours
Wednesdays from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
