Python Programming and Numerical Methods

Python Programming and Numerical Methods

A Guide for Engineers and Scientists

1st Edition - November 27, 2020

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  • Authors: Qingkai Kong, Timmy Siauw, Alexandre Bayen
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128195499
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128195505

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Python Programming and Numerical Methods: A Guide for Engineers and Scientists introduces programming tools and numerical methods to engineering and science students, with the goal of helping the students to develop good computational problem-solving techniques through the use of numerical methods and the Python programming language. Part One introduces fundamental programming concepts, using simple examples to put new concepts quickly into practice. Part Two covers the fundamentals of algorithms and numerical analysis at a level that allows students to quickly apply results in practical settings.

Key Features

  • Includes tips, warnings and "try this" features within each chapter to help the reader develop good programming practice
  • Summaries at the end of each chapter allow for quick access to important information
  • Includes code in Jupyter notebook format that can be directly run online


Senior undergraduates or graduate students in engineering and science who are taking a numerical methods course using Python

Table of Contents


    CHAPTER 1 Python Basics

    1.1 Getting Started With Python

    1.2 Python as a Calculator

    1.3 Managing Packages

    1.4 Introduction to Jupyter Notebook

    1.5 Logical Expressions and Operators

    1.6 Summary and Problems

    CHAPTER 2 Variables and Basic Data Structures

    2.1 Variables and Assignment

    2.2 Data Structure – String

    2.3 Data Structure – List

    2.4 Data Structure – Tuple

    2.5 Data Structure – Set

    2.6 Data Structure – Dictionary
    2.7 Introducing Numpy Arrays

    2.8 Summary and Problems

    CHAPTER 3 Functions

    3.1 Function Basics

    3.2 Local Variables and Global Variables
    3.3 Nested Functions

    3.4 Lambda Functions
    3.5 Functions as Arguments to Functions

    3.6 Summary and Problems

    CHAPTER 4 Branching Statements

    4.1 If-Else Statements
    4.2 Ternary Operators
    4.3 Summary and Problems

    CHAPTER 5 Iteration

    5.1 For-Loops
    5.2 While Loops

    5.3 Comprehensions

    5.4 Summary and Problems

    CHAPTER 6 Recursion

    6.1 Recursive Functions

    6.2 Divide-and-Conquer

    6.3 Summary and Problems

    CHAPTER 7 Object-Oriented Programming

    7.1 Introduction to OOP

    7.2 Class and Object

    7.3 Inheritance, Encapsulation, and Polymorphism

    7.4 Summary and Problems
    CHAPTER 8 Complexity
    Complexity and Big-ONotation

    8.2 Complexity Matters

    8.3 The Profiler

    8.4 Summary and Problems

    CHAPTER 9 Representation of Numbers

    9.1 Base-N and Binary

    9.2 Floating Point Numbers

    9.3 Round-Off Errors

    9.4 Summary and Problems

    CHAPTER 10 Errors, Good Programming Practices, and Debugging

    10.1 Error Types

    10.2 Avoiding Errors

    10.3 Try/Except

    10.4 Type Checking

    10.5 Debugging

    10.6 Summary and Problems

    CHAPTER 11 Reading and Writing Data

    11.1 TXT Files

    11.2 CSVFiles

    11.3 Pickle Files

    11.4 JSONFiles

    11.5 HDF5 Files

    11.6 Summary and Problems

    CHAPTER 12 Visualization and Plotting

    12.1 2D Plotting
    12.2 3D Plotting
    12.3 Working With Maps

    12.4 Animations and Movies

    12.5 Summary and Problems

    CHAPTER 13 Parallelize Your Python

    13.1 Parallel Computing Basics

    13.2 Multiprocessing

    13.3 Using Joblib

    13.4 Summary and Problems


    CHAPTER 14 Linear Algebra and Systems of Linear Equations

    14.1 Basics of Linear Algebra

    14.2 Linear Transformations

    14.3 Systems of Linear Equations
    14.4 Solutions to Systems of Linear Equations

    14.5 Solving Systems of Linear Equations in Python

    14.6 Matrix Inversion

    14.7 Summary and Problems

    CHAPTER 15 Eigenvalues and Eigenvectors

    15.1 Eigenvalues and Eigenvectors Problem Statement

    15.2 The Power Method

    15.3 The QR Method

    15.4 Eigenvalues and Eigenvectors in Python

    15.5 Summary and Problems

    CHAPTER 16 Least Squares Regression

    16.1 Least Squares Regression Problem Statement

    16.2 Least Squares Regression Derivation (Linear Algebra)

    16.3 Least Squares Regression Derivation (Multivariate Calculus)

    16.4 Least Squares Regression in Python

    16.5 Least Squares Regression for Nonlinear Functions

    16.6 Summary and Problems

    CHAPTER 17 Interpolation

    17.1 Interpolation Problem Statement
    17.2 Linear Interpolation

    17.3 Cubic Spline Interpolation

    17.4 Lagrange Polynomial Interpolation

    17.5 Newton’s Polynomial Interpolation

    17.6 Summary and Problems

    CHAPTER 18 Taylor Series
    Expressing Functions Using a Taylor Series
    18.2 Approximations Using Taylor Series

    18.3 Discussion About Errors

    18.4 Summary and Problems

    CHAPTER 19 Root Finding
    Root Finding Problem Statement

    19.2 Tolerance

    19.3 Bisection Method

    19.4 Newton–Raphson Method
    19.5 Root Finding in Python
    19.6 Summary and Problems

    CHAPTER 20 Numerical Differentiation

    20.1 Numerical Differentiation Problem Statement

    20.2 Using Finite Difference to Approximate Derivatives

    20.3 Approximating of Higher Order Derivatives

    20.4 Numerical Differentiation With Noise

    20.5 Summary and Problems

    CHAPTER 21 Numerical Integration
    Numerical Integration Problem Statement

    21.2 Riemann Integral
    21.3 Trapezoid Rule
    21.4 Simpson’s Rule

    21.5 Computing Integrals in Python
    21.6 Summary and Problems

    CHAPTER 22 Ordinary Differential Equations (ODEs) Initial-Value Problems

    22.1 ODE Initial Value Problem Statement

    22.2 Reduction of Order
    22.3 The Euler Method
    22.4 Numerical Error and Instability
    22.5 Predictor–Corrector and Runge–Kutta Methods

    22.6 Python ODE Solvers

    22.7 Advanced Topics

    22.8 Summary and Problems

    CHAPTER 23 Boundary-Value Problems for Ordinary Differential Equations (ODEs)

    23.1 ODE Boundary Value Problem Statement

    23.2 The Shooting Method

    23.3 The Finite Difference Method

    23.4 Numerical Error and Instability

    23.5 Summary and Problems

    CHAPTER 24 Fourier Transform
    The Basics of Waves

    24.2 Discrete Fourier Transform (DFT)

    24.3 Fast Fourier Transform (FFT)

    24.4 FFT in Python

    24.5 Summary and Problems

    Appendix A Getting Started With Python in Windows


Product details

  • No. of pages: 480
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2020
  • Published: November 27, 2020
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128195499
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128195505

About the Authors

Qingkai Kong

Qingkai Kong is an Assistant Data Science Researcher at the Berkeley Division of Data Sciences and Berkeley Seismology Lab. He has a Master’s degree in Structural Engineering and a PhD. in Earth Science. He is actively working on applying data science/machine learning to Earth science and engineering, especially using Python language.

Affiliations and Expertise

Assistant Data Science Researcher, University of California, Berkeley

Timmy Siauw

Affiliations and Expertise

University of California, Berkeley, USA

Alexandre Bayen

Alexandre Bayen is the Liao-Cho Professor of Engineering at UC Berkeley. He is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and Civil and Environmental Engineering. He is currently the Director of the Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS). He is also a Faculty Scientist in Mechanical Engineering, at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). He received the Engineering Degree in applied mathematics from the Ecole Polytechnique, France, in 1998, the M.S. and Ph.D. in aeronautics and astronautics from Stanford University in 1998 and 1999 respectively. He was a Visiting Researcher at NASA Ames Research Center from 2000 to 2003. Between January 2004 and December 2004, he worked as the Research Director of the Autonomous Navigation Laboratory at the Laboratoire de Recherches Balistiques et Aerodynamiques, (Ministere de la Defense, Vernon, France), where he holds the rank of Major. He has been on the faculty at UC Berkeley since 2005. Bayen has authored two books and over 200 articles in peer reviewed journals and conferences. He is the recipient of the Ballhaus Award from Stanford University, 2004, of the CAREER award from the National Science Foundation, 2009 and he is a NASA Top 10 Innovators on Water Sustainability, 2010. His projects Mobile Century and Mobile Millennium received the 2008 Best of ITS Award for ‘Best Innovative Practice’, at the ITS World Congress and a TRANNY Award from the California Transportation Foundation, 2009. Mobile Millennium has been featured more than 200 times in the media, including TV channels and radio stations (CBS, NBC, ABC, CNET, NPR, KGO, the BBC), and in the popular press (Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, LA Times). Bayen is the recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) award from the White House, 2010. He is also the recipient of the Okawa Research Grant Award, the Ruberti Prize from the IEEE, and the Huber Prize from the ASCE.

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, USA

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  • Russell S. Sun Sep 04 2022


    I an half way though the book just finished chapter 15. Having worked all the problems I found that some of them are not well developed. Doing them was like putting to gather a puzzle without a picture. You have to visualize what you think the answer should be and if that doesn't work do it again. No big deal but one of the examples inn ch14 section had a typo (-5) when it should have been 10. So far a great book could use a little more descriptions and examples in the linear algebra section, you have to have a linear algebra book.

  • Reuben M. Wed Oct 20 2021

    Easy To Follow!

    A clear, and concise textbook.

  • Dr. B. Fri Aug 13 2021

    Python Programming and Numerical Methods

    Since this book is available in Jupyter notebook, it's easier for one to quickly understand and adopt the code for modification.